Energy from fabric

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a stretchable and waterproof fabric that turns energy generated from body movements into electrical energy.
Fabric with built-in “muscle”

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers at Sensory Motor Systems Lab at ETH Zurich have developed a wearable exo-muscle made of fabric. The Myoshirt is a soft, wearable technology to give people with limited mobility more strength and endurance in their upper body. The product features a vest with cuffs for the upper arms and …
Micro-weighted clothing

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Athletes and exercise enthusiasts have been training for a long time using weights, but that has generally meant carrying weights, or strapping them to legs or arms. Omorpho Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based start-up, has a better idea; it uses micro-weights embedded in clothing to increase resistance.…
Better protection for wildland firefighters

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers found that four new designs for shelters to protect firefighters trapped in wildfires could increase the survival time inside the shelter compared with the current industry standard. In lab simulations of wildfire burn-overs—where a wildfire s…
Smart “onesie” tracks movement

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers at the University of Helsinki report that they have developed a smart jumpsuit or “onesie” that accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants from the age of five months. The assessment of spontaneous and voluntary movements is part of the neurological examina…
Start-up makes hemp clothing

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

London-based high-tech clothing startup Vollebak has just launched hoodies and sweatpants made entirely out of hemp and black algae. Carbon black, a pigment derived from petroleum, is “one of the most harmful yet invisible substances on the planet,” the company says. It will replace this with co…
Antimicrobial textile market poised for growth

August 30, 2022  |  Swatches

According to ResearchAndMarkets.com, the global antimicrobial textile market is expected to grow from $9.38 billion in 2021 to $10.55 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5%. The market is expected to reach $14.64 billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 8.5%.
Reebok’s adaptive shoes

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Reebok has teamed up with Zappos Adaptive to launch a sneaker collection specifically designed to empower people with disabilities. Named ‘Fit to Fit’, the adaptive footwear is envisioned for functionality and inclusivity without compromising on style. There are two sneaker models in the collect…
Sourcing from the sea

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Textile dyeing is a large and polluting industry. Synthetic dyes are a threat to the environment because of the dangerous chemicals that they often contain. One company, the Netherlands-based startup Zeefier, is taking a natural approach to changing that. Dutch designer Nienke Hoogvliet teamed up wi…
Using AI for recycling

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Sometimes it takes an outsider to see a problem and realize a solution. While studying for her Master of Science in Technology Ventures at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sarika Bajaj says she was accidentally put on Intel’s experimental fashion team. There she learned that textile…