Want a smart fabric? Print it.

December 1, 2019

What if you could create a smart fabric in just minutes—one that can store energy? Scientists at RMIT University in Australia have developed the technology to make this possible. They’ve developed a laser-printing process to rapidly fabricate textiles that are embedded with energy storage devices. The textiles could be used for a variety of health …

Training canines with vibrating vests

Haptics is the technology of touch. It’s all about understanding how to use the senses of touch and motion to convey meaning, direction or a command. A research team at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is using haptic technology to train our four-legged friends to respond to nonverbal cues. The technology is particularly suited …

Sun-powered, citizen-funded LightSail 2 in orbit

Scientists at The Planetary Society have demonstrated the power of solar energy with a spacecraft that orbits the earth fueled solely by sunlight. The LightSail 2 was developed for a CubeSat, a small, standardized satellite about the size of a loaf of bread that hitches a ride to space with larger payloads. It features four …

A stylish pergola, aglow

Cool and contemporary, a new retractable pergola system showcases a sleek, linear style by integrating lighting as a key element. Gennius Vega, designed by the Italian shading components and systems maker KE Outdoor Design, features LED lights inserted along the pergola’s guides and posts, outlining the structure’s form. LED lights are also placed on the …

Award-winning design, Polartec style

Polartec, the company that revolutionized cold weather wear in 1981 with the introduction of Polartec® synthetic fleece, is committed to encouraging innovation in fabric technology. The annual Polartec Apex Awards honor the brands and designers that excel at turning Polartec fabrics into unique products. Winners receive the hand-made cast bronze Malden statue, an industry award …

Dye textiles the natural way with the Onion Society

November 1, 2019

Onions are great on burgers, in spaghetti sauce and, of course, in French onion soup. But this vegetable possesses qualities beyond being tasty: A group of students at the Parsons School of Design harnessed the power of onions to dye textiles the natural way. The students worked with New York fashion designer Maria Elena Pombo …

Anti-stink athletic wear

Your daily exercise routine doesn’t have to include smelly T-shirts: That’s the idea behind a new line of exercise gear designed to be anti-stink and pro-environment. Launched by Megan Eddings, a chemist who was tired of athletic wear that retained odors even after multiple washings, Accel Lifestyle offers an eco-friendly answer to a smelly problem. …

Vegan leather, beyond beLEAF™

A material that looks and feels like leather is actually made from leaves. Natural and renewable, beLEAF™ is the creation of Nova Kaeru, a Brazilian company dedicated to developing ethical, sustainable and innovative products. The company’s process, after five years of research, transforms biological materials into long-lasting luxury products.  BeLEAF is made from leaves that are …

Fashion design with reflective fabrics

Apparel design and development student Anna Schmidtke knows you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety. She demonstrated this principle in a design for the annual spring WEAR Fashion Show at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  The 20-year-old sophomore from Forest Lake, Minn., designed a floor-length dress in black with white accents. It features a gray-and-black …

A wrap for the win: NASCAR style

NASCAR’s Tyler Reddick, 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, returned to the track to defend his title in style at the NASCAR CTECH Manufacturing 180 Xfinity Series race in August at Road America in Wisconsin. Reddick, a Richard Childress Racing Driver, drove the No. 2 Roland Chevrolet Camaro with a full Roland vehicle wrap for the …