Bioservo updates exoskeleton glove

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

With work-related hand injuries on the rise in Europe and elsewhere, Swedish medtech company Bioservo Technologies AB is releasing an updated version of its exoskeleton glove, Ironhand® 2.0, offering improved activation, better grip and advanced data collection. The glove is designed to reduce the …
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Avenue of opportunity: Streetscapes

September 1, 2021  |  Features

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up tens of thousands of public gathering spaces by forcing proprietors to move their services outdoors and onto sidewalks and street fronts. While it is unclear how long these outdoor public sheltered spaces will remain in place, reports across the U.S. indicate that…
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Industry and academia: Partners in innovation

September 1, 2021  |  Features

Red Solo® cups are synonymous with a good time—“barbeques, tailgates, fairs and festivals” according to the hit song by country star Toby Keith. But they are also a single-use plastic with few recycling options. As a student majoring in material science and engineering at Johns Hopkins Unive…
For the win: Leopard 39 enclosure

September 1, 2021  |  Marine, Markets

This project by Charlton’s Marine Canvas of Yorktown, Va., involved designing, fabricating and installing a full upper and lower enclosure on a Leopard 39 boat to give its owner more living space when the weather is iffy.
Flexible hybrid electronics and textiles create possibilities for warfighters

September 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technology combines the flexibility and low cost of printed electronics technology with the performance of semiconductor devices to create a new category of electronics. No longer constrained by rigid, bulky and nonconforming printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs)…
Strength in numbers

September 1, 2021  |  Editorial

The year 2021 marks the second year in the COVID-19 pandemic. While that may seem like a gloomy opening line, to me, it signifies a year of phenomenal, life-saving work conducted by a strong, capable and responsive textile industry. Fabricators, welders, sewers, suppliers, warehouse/shipping workers…
How are industry codes and standards developed?

September 1, 2021  |  Awnings & Canopies, Fabric Structures, Inflatables, Markets, Tents

When tent, awning and fabric structure installers think of codes and standards, they often envision the building and fire departments of local and state jurisdictions that enforce such regulations on their projects. Enforcement is the very end of the process—the result of many years of code develo…
The Shell amphitheater stuns on San Diego Bay

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Years in the making—and a year delayed by the pandemic—the new summer home of the San Diego Symphony is finally showing off its first-rate acoustics to audiences eager to come together as a community to enjoy live music. 
IFAI Expo: The industry in person

September 1, 2021  |  Features

Celebrate textile innovation—in person!—at IFAI Expo, the leading show in the textile industry for sourcing, education and networking. Join thousands of industry stakeholders on the show floor, in valuable education sessions and at long-awaited social gatherings. Reconnect with your industry and…
Inflatable architecture on display

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

The first inflatable, the hot-air balloon, was invented in Paris in the 18th century. That watershed moment was followed by crewed flight, airships and military applications (along with some high-profile accidents) and inflatable enclosures. When inexpensive plastics became available in the 1960s, i…