New fabric decontaminates itself

March 1st, 2024

A glove made by Rice University researchers uses Joule heating to kill viruses without burning the user’s skin. Image: Rice University Rice University researchers have created a material that could enhance personal protective equipment (PPE)—a composite textile that decontaminates itself, killing at least 99.9% of coronaviruses. The textile-based material uses Joule heating, a process where […]

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Soft robotics virtual reality gloves

August 1st, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great to play the piano like a virtuoso? Now there’s a soft robotics glove that gives you the experience—in virtual reality. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created gloves that take simulated experiences to a more sophisticated level than existing devices. Using soft robotics technology, they developed light, flexible […]

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