Ski jacket for smarter sweating

February 1st, 2020

HYDRO_BOT technology matches sweat rates of the human body, eliminating sweat 10 times more effectively than ordinary membranes. The more moisture the skier produces, the faster it works. Photo: KJUS. It may be cold on the slopes, but on a downhill run it’s easy to build up sweat. Skiers understand all too well the discomfort […]

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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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Fabrics that store information

February 1st, 2018

One day soon, the most sought-after feature in a new jacket may not be the style, color or its ability to keep you warm—it may be the garment’s unique capability to store information. Researchers at the University of Washington are using off-the-shelf conductive thread to create fabrics and fashion accessories that can store data from security codes […]

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Fibers and fabrics play a starring role in the effort to harvest kinetic energy

September 1st, 2017

Back in the day, a telephone was expected to perform a limited number of functions: alert you when someone was trying to reach you and connect you to those you were trying to reach. Technology advanced and phones became more portable. The same sort of process is happening to fabrics and fibers. The possibility of […]

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BeBop Sensors named in Gartner report

May 27th, 2016

BeBop Sensors Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based developer of smart fabric sensor technology, has been included in Gartner Inc.’s list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors in Using IoT-Enabled Humans Instead of Robots, 2016.” Vendors selected for Gartner’s report are innovative, impactful and intriguing. According to Michele Reitz, lead author and analyst at Gartner, “Robots […]

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