Sleep apnea textiles balance comfort and technology

May 1st, 2024

Comfort and ease of use are the cornerstones of today’s sleep apnea face masks. ResMed’s AirTouch full face mask is designed to provide a more flexible and gentle seal than traditional silicone-cushioned masks. Image: ResMed Approximately 39 million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and nearly 936 million adults around the world are estimated […]

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Swiss scientists explore the benefits of robotically ‘knitted’ roads

June 1st, 2021

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are investigating string patterns to reinforce roads. Here, a robotic arm lays out the knitting pattern. Photo: Empa. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are investigating how roads could be more easily reinforced and then recycled after […]

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Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: Interactive auto textile and more

September 1st, 2020

BMW unveils ByBorre-designed interactive textile interior Dutch custom textile manufacturer ByBorre developed the fabrics for BMW’s future interactive car interior presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev. The concept car cabin module donned the BMW i Interaction EASE, the car company’s expression of the “mobility experience of the future” where […]

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Illuminated pajamas treat jaundice in newborns

March 1st, 2018

Babies born with jaundice begin their lives in an incubator, receiving irradiation with a blue shortwave light to counter toxic decomposition products of the blood pigment hemoglobin deposited in their skin. It’s hardly the way parents want their newborn babies to start out—alone, naked and with their eyes covered for protection. Researchers at the Biomimetic […]

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Flexible textile sensors for medical use

November 1st, 2017

Researchers at Empa, the materials research institution in Dübendorf, Switzerland, have produced soft optic fibers for sensors that can be embedded in textiles as a thread. Worn next to the skin, the sensors can, for example, monitor whether a hospital patient is developing bedsores. Previously, polymer optic fibers, used in communication technology, weren’t supple enough […]

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Smart bandage monitors wounds

October 1st, 2017

When a patient has a chronic wound, tracking the healing process and regularly changing the dressing is important to recovery. Nurses and other caregivers must guard against bacteria that could cause infections as well as keep the skin from getting irritated. Researchers from Empa, ETH Zurich, Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), and University […]

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