A better-fitting mask

January 1st, 2023

A new sensor developed at MIT could make it much easier to ensure a good face mask fit. The sensor, which measures physical contact between the mask and the wearer’s face, can be applied to any kind of mask. Photo: MIT Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 and […]

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Motion and posture sensing textiles

September 1st, 2022

A form-fitting sock embedded with sensors can track the wearer’s movement and posture. Photo: MIT Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a novel fabrication process to produce smart textiles that can snugly conform to physical requirements by sensing the posture and motion of the wearer. By incorporating a special […]

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Robotic hand gives amputees tactile control

November 1st, 2021

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) News Service reports that engineers at MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have designed a soft, lightweight and potentially low-cost neuroprosthetic hand that can give an amputee the ability to perform daily activities with dexterity. Additionally, the researchers found the prosthetic, designed with a system for tactile feedback, restored […]

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KnittedKeyboard II breaks new musical ground

October 1st, 2021

The KnittedKeyboard II can sense physical contact and gestures in the air. Musical keyboards with digital interfaces (MIDI) come in many sizes, but all rest on a rigid, heavy structure. Irmandy Wicaksono from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab found a user-friendly alternative in textiles and developed an interactive textile-based musical interface, laid out […]

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E-fiber just got smarter

September 1st, 2021

MIT researchers have created the first fabric fiber with digital capabilities, ready to collect, store and analyze data using a neural network. “This work presents the first realization of a fabric with the ability to store and process data, adding a new information content dimension to textiles and allowing fabrics to be programmed literally,” says […]

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Engineers make a self-cooling fabric from polyethylene

June 1st, 2021

In considering materials that could become the fabrics of the future, helping humans adapt to climate change, scientists have largely dismissed one widely available option: polyethylene. This thin and lightweight material, commonly used in plastic grocery bags, could keep a person cooler than most textiles because it allows heat through rather than trapping it in. […]

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Medical patch designed for sealing internal injuries

April 1st, 2021

Many surgeries today are performed via minimally invasive procedures, in which a small incision is made, and miniature cameras and surgical tools are threaded through the body to remove tumors and repair damaged tissues and organs. However, surgeons face challenges in sealing internal wounds and tears. Taking inspiration from origami, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute […]

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