Textile batteries, displays from new fiber

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

A doctoral student at the University of Borås in Sweden has developed a way to produce conductive textile fibers while keeping the textile flexible. Called “Ionofibers,” they use ionic liquids, which are salt in a liquid state but without water. Ionic liquid is a more stable electrolyte than s…
Nonwovens made with recycled paper

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The Suominen Corporation, based in Helsinki, Finland, has introduced the market’s firstbiodegradable, plastic-free nonwovens made with recycled paper. Called Hydraspun® Circula, the product was created in cooperation with Codi Group, one of Europe’s leading wet wipe producers. Drawing from both…
Gel extracts water from air

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have demonstrated a low-cost gel film that can pull many liters of water per day out of even very dry air.
New dissolving pacemaker

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Northwestern University scientists have unveiled a new, smart version of the transient pacemaker introduced just one year ago. The implantable, wireless device dissolves in the body after it’s no longer needed, and now has a coordinated network of four soft, flexible, wireless, wearable sensors an…
PANGAIA and Spiber launch

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Materials science company PANGAIA, based in London, England, introduced the fourth capsule within PANGAIA Lab, a limited-edition sweatshirt made in partnership with Japanese biomaterials manufacturing group Spiber Inc., featuring breakthrough biotech Brewed Protein™fibers and organic cotton. 
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…
Technotense leader takes DIY approach

August 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

When Cesar Eloy Pérez founded Technotense in 2019, he wanted to create a company that would professionalize the industry of designing, building and installing lightweight tensile structures.
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Tricky shade projects

August 1, 2022  |  Features

Each year, fabricators across the globe set the bar higher by achieving more beauty, functionality and innovation in their shade projects. And each year, the Advanced Textiles Association (formerly IFAI) strives to recognize these industry leaders through its International Achievement Awards (IAA) p…