Blizzbrush cleans teeth in seconds

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The Blizzbrush 5.0 Toothbrush-Sponge is an example of a radical change in application using a relatively common material. The new toothbrush design conceived by Chris Martin is meant to optimize tooth-cleaning efficiency, cleaning all over the mouth in just a few seconds by simply biting and grindin…
Smart pillow tracks sleep

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Many people who struggle to get enough sleep could benefit from monitoring their sleep, but they have limited options for doing so. In a new study in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, a research team describes a potential solution: a self-powering smart pillow that tracks the position of the h…
Inflatable stretcher secures patients

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

An industrial design student at Shih Chien University in Taiwan has invented an inflatable stretcher made of reinforced vinyl to securely hold a patient immobile while being transported. This is important especially in the case of broken bones, back, neck and head trauma. Yu-Hsin Wu’s stretcher fo…
A new use for waste wool

October 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Woola, a startup based in Estonia, has found a way to use waste wool to replace the plastic used in packaging. In a previous incarnation as an e-commerce business, the company relied on plastic packaging made of fossil fuels. But ecologists say plastic is not good for the planet. Bubble wrap, for ex…
Motion and posture sensing textiles

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a novel fabrication process to produce smart textiles that can snugly conform to physical requirements by sensing the posture and motion of the wearer. By incorporating a special type of plastic yarn and using heat to s…
Leather from invasive species

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The latest member of the alternative textile family is called Leukeather and is made from dried Leucaena pods, a byproduct of existing agriculture.
Mushroom apparel

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

California-based biomaterials innovator MycoWorks has launched its first items made from the flagship mycelium material, Reishi™. The collection by hatmaker Nick Fouquet includes the Boletus bucket hat, Coprinus and Morchella hats, available in limited runs.
Turning leather waste into textile coatings

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

CITEVE, the Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal, has developed a process for turning natural leather waste and by-products from the tanning industry into new textile coatings. The process chemically transforms leather trimmings into a solution which can be used to …
Smart textiles poised for growth

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

According to a report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the global smart and interactive textiles market is expected to reach about $16.4 billion by 2030 . 
Graphene nanotubes in yarn

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Because of the high demand for interactive electronic textiles, CoatYarn, an Italian company that, as its name suggests, specializes in coated yarns, has expanded its product line with a thermoplastic polyurethane yarn enhanced with graphene nanotubes provided by OCSiAl, maker of single wall carbon …