Wear your medicine

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Jordan Schindler had a problem. After a dermatologist told him that pillowcases were a leading cause of his acne, he was given a topical medication and told to wash his pillowcase multiple times a week. Instead, Schindler came up with a radical solution—embed active ingredients and medications int…
Esquel Group adopts sustainable practices

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Hong Kong and mainland Chinese companies in the textile and garment industry are trying to burnish their image and do right by the environment by adopting more sustainable practices.
Silicone synthetic leather for cars

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Sage-ONF, a synthetic leather supplier based in Shanghai, China, has begun manufacturing silicone synthetic leather, a petroleum-free, non-carbon-based product solution for today’s automobile interiors. 
An acoustic vest

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The stethoscope has been used by medical professionals for more than 200 years, giving instant audio feedback on a patient’s lungs, heart or other organs. Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS in Berlin, Germany, have developed the Pneumo.Vest with integ…
Copper-based medical garments

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Swiss Precision, an apparel brand for the medical scrub, uniform and accessories markets, hopes to disrupt the medical sector with antimicrobial copper-based garments and accessories.  
New life for an abandoned mill

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

A new cut-and-sew manufacturing operation, called Sparty Mill,  has opened in Lincoln County, N.C., as part of a plan to revive an old mill building. The mill, built in 1905, had previously been home to Duplan Mills, Hudson Hosiery, Chadbourn Industries, Spanco, and six other textile operations, b…
Bio-Based Spandex

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Hyosung TNC, one of the world’s largest spandex manufacturers, has created the world’s first bio-based spandex.
Glove senses and grips objects

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Scientists at Virginia Tech have developed a glove for grasping things underwater with rubber suckers and a sophisticated sensing capability that mimics an octopus’s unique muscular and nervous systems. The octopus is well equipped to handle objects in the water, facilitated by more than 2,000 suc…
3D printed shoe adapts to ergonomics

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

In a reinterpretation of classic shoe design, German design studio Wertel Oberfell’s Auxetic Wear is a 3D printed shoe that uses an auxetic structure to adapt itself to the ergonomics of its wearer’s foot. Combining traditional shoemaking with modern technology, the designers emulate techniques …
Twisted soft robots navigate mazes

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that can navigate complex environments such as mazes without input from humans or computer software.