Artificial skin could detect injury in prosthetics

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Researchers have developed an artificial skin that senses force through ionic signals and changes color, like a bruise, providing a visual cue of injury. Scientists have previously developed electronic skins (e-skins) that can sense stimuli through electron transmission; however, these electrical co…
HeiQ launches antiviral surgical mask

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Global materials manufacturer HeiQ has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a surgical mask technology that destroys the viruses and bacteria tested with as much as 100 percent efficacy. The mask contains an ultrathin, pure copper coating applied via a vapor deposition process, which converts a minute amount of …
Bio-based textile treatment made from crab shells

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Tidal Vision, based in Bellingham, Wash., is intent on creating a positive and systemic environmental impact by advancing chitosan chemistry solutions as a replacement for toxic synthetic chemicals. Its textile treatment Tidal-Tex™ is a natural, clean, water-based chitosan solution, ready to use f…
Bioservo updates exoskeleton glove

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

With work-related hand injuries on the rise in Europe and elsewhere, Swedish medtech company Bioservo Technologies AB is releasing an updated version of its exoskeleton glove, Ironhand® 2.0, offering improved activation, better grip and advanced data collection. The glove is designed to reduce the …
The Shell amphitheater stuns on San Diego Bay

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Years in the making—and a year delayed by the pandemic—the new summer home of the San Diego Symphony is finally showing off its first-rate acoustics to audiences eager to come together as a community to enjoy live music. 
Inflatable architecture on display

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

The first inflatable, the hot-air balloon, was invented in Paris in the 18th century. That watershed moment was followed by crewed flight, airships and military applications (along with some high-profile accidents) and inflatable enclosures. When inexpensive plastics became available in the 1960s, i…
Parking structure punctuates Miami skyline

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Big Span Structures LLC, a provider of concept-to-completion solutions for signature lightweight tensile membrane structures, has completed a new tensile membrane shading structure on the top deck of the parking garage of the Care Resource Community Health Centers facility in Midtown Miami, Fla. 
Barco hits sustainability milestone

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

With record sales of its scrubs during the pandemic, health-care apparel brand Barco® has reached a sustainability milestone of 40 million plastic bottles recycled, marking a 115 percent year-over-year increase.