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…
Mission Critical

October 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

Call it a business founded on frustration and driven by inspiration. Spiritus Systems, which supplies nylon tactical gear for law enforcement, military personnel and other customers, started as an idea that took root on the side of a mountain in the Hindu Kush range in Afghanistan, where reliable ge…
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 …
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Fabric structures that withstand extreme environments

October 1, 2022  |  Features

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands are drawn by the chance to vacation in surroundings renowned for their beauty and serenity. While locals share the tourists’ appreciation for what their paradise offers, they are also mindful of the environmental challenges Mother Nature often throws at them. This …
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.
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The science behind military uniforms

October 1, 2022  |  Features

Military uniforms have come a long way since the American Revolution when the Continental Army battled the British attired in tricorn hats and blue coats paired with white waistcoats and white overalls.
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…
Safer on the job

October 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

A safe, clean and pollution-free workplace is important in offering a quality of life for a labor force, which also enhances worker productivity. But there can be multiple risk factors in a work environment, including mechanical or electrical hazards, extreme heat or cold, toxic chemicals, noise and…
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…