Puffer jacket is solar charged for visibility

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

High-tech apparel brand Vollebak has released the Solar Charged Puffer, a jacket for extreme environments that builds on its original solar charged jacket, launched in 2017.
Engineers unfold and tension NASA’s telescope sunshield in final tests

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Lengthened to the size of a tennis court, the five-layer sunshield of NASA’s fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope successfully completed a final series of large-scale deployment and tensioning tests in late 2020, according to a NASA press release. This milestone puts the observatory one step…
For the Atlanta Opera, the show goes on under an Armbruster circus tent

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

In the Atlanta Opera’s fall 2020 interpretation of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the tragic clown Canio has COVID-19. But the Georgia-based company went to great lengths to ensure that its cast, crew and audiences didn’t succumb to the same fate, with the help of a circus tent from Armbrust…
Pvilion and Rensselaer developing robotics to manufacture rapidly deployable structures

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

When tents are needed immediately—for disaster response, a public health crisis or a military action—time is of the essence.
Fabric blocks electromagnetic waves

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., have created “Faraday fabrics” that can block almost all electromagnetic (EM) waves. The development could help protect wearables from interference and people from potentially dangerous radiation.
Partnership donates sustainable, insect-repellent uniforms

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Affix Labs, Waste2Wear and Logonet have developed a new high-tech uniform designed to commemorate the groundbreaking research by the primatologist Jane Goodall and the work carried out by the scientists and rangers at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Gombe, Tanzania.
Antimicrobial found effective against SARS-CoV-2

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Sciessent has announced the results of recent tests with its Agion® antimicrobial treatment. According to the company, the treatment achieves 99.99 percent inactivation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in lab testing of medical textiles.
Homework brand launches antiviral curtains with Amicor

Mar. 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Homework fabrics brand from Gold House Decor has launched a new collection of antiviral curtains with Amicor™ fiber. The collection for both residential and hospital curtains is available in a range of colors and designs. The fabrics have shown a high level of efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVI…