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Mattress uses AI to improve sleep quality

March 1st, 2024

The DeRUCCI T11 Pro smart mattress was designed to improve the user’s quality of sleep by adjusting automatically, using sensors that monitor factors such as heart rate and snoring. Image: DeRUCCI DeRUCCI, a furniture brand sold worldwide and headquartered in Dongguan, China, released the DeRUCCI T11 Pro Smart Mattress, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to […]

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Smart fabrics testing and standards under development

March 1st, 2024

A glove made on a Shima Seiki SWGN knitting machine on display at Advanced Textiles Expo 2023 in Orlando, Fla. The SWGN machine created the glove in 19 minutes at a speed of 1 meter (3.3 feet) per second, including a conductive yarn knit in the first two fingertips to allow the user to operate […]

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Adobe introduces new tech via an interactive dress

February 1st, 2024

At the 2023 Adobe® MAX conference in Los Angeles, Calif., Christine Dierk, one of the research scientists on Project Primrose, modeled a dress with the technology embedded in it, demonstrating how the dress’s design can change patterns and style with Bluetooth® and a mobile device or interaction. Images: Adobe A team of Adobe® researchers has created […]

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Textile-based device delivers haptic feedback

January 1st, 2024

Each sleeve contains six quarter- sized pouches that inflate with varying force and frequency to deliver haptic cues, such as vibrations, tapping or squeezing. Images: Rice University/Brandon Martin Devices that use haptics, or communication based on touch, usually require bulky hardware, making them inconvenient to use. Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, have found […]

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Innovations in smart fabrics: Heating, cooling, bio-data collection and more via e-textiles

December 1st, 2023

A Loomia Electronic Layer (LEL) four-wire serpentine bus laminated onto knit fabric. The LEL was designed to be soft and flexible for use in smart textiles. Image: Loomia Technologies When is a jacket not just a jacket? When it can actually interact with the wearer’s body to warm or cool it or collect biometric information. […]

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Partnerships in smart textile products

November 11th, 2020

The second week of IFAI’s Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles educational sessions began with a presentation that illustrated the importance of collaboration. “Smart textiles for healthcare and wellbeing: a collaborative approach” had three presenters speaking from different perspectives, but with one, unified message about reaching across geographical distance and areas of expertise to create successful […]

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A jacket based on deep-sea evolution

February 1st, 2020

The Black Squid Jacket acts like a mirror for whatever light conditions exist. It’s dullish under subdued light, looks like liquid metal in the sun, and more colorful in the brightest light. Photos: Vollebak / Sun Lee. What can we learn from squids about developing advanced textiles? Quite a lot. The squid’s skin features a […]

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Succession Planning 101

February 1st, 2020

A seamless transfer of leadership in a family business requires hard conversations and a detailed road map to avoid the worst potholes and ensure a successful journey.  by Jeff Moravec A family business can offer great rewards—personally and professionally—for its founders and their descendants. But a family business also presents unique challenges and requires careful […]

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