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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Smart textile market outlook

April 30th, 2021

According to the report “Smart Textile Market Report: Trends, Forecast and Competitive Analysis” by ResearchAndMarkets.com, the smart textile market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 33% from 2019 to 2024. The study includes the smart textile market size and forecast for the smart textile market through 2024, segmented by textile type, function, end […]

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German advancements in textiles

December 1st, 2020

Multiaxial fabric composite with fibers are positioned to optimize strength in this rear floor vehicle shell. This approach provides strength and rigidity only where needed, reducing overall material use and weight. The technology is an initiative of the Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles (ARENA2036). Photo: Marie O’Mahony. Developments in technical textiles […]

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E-textile testing and standards are evolving

November 11th, 2020

At the 2020 Virtual Expo session, “Ask the Expert: Textile Electronics Testing and Standards,” Jesse Jur, a professor at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, discussed how standards and testing continue to evolve due to the evolution of textile-based electronics (e-textiles). Jur said that standards have long been a vital resource for […]

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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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Understanding intelligent textiles

November 4th, 2020

The Advanced Textiles Conference of IFAI’s Virtual Expo 2020 continued Nov. 4 with a detailed presentation by Justine Decaens on “Smart Textiles: From Lab Prototypes to Commercial Products.” Decaens is R&D director with CTT Group, a testing laboratory and R&D facility specialized in technical textiles, headquartered in Quebec, Canada.  Decaens first offered to define “smart […]

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Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles education begins

November 3rd, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) opened the advanced textiles education sessions of Virtual Expo 2020 with a presentation by Dr. Sasha Stolyarov, CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). His presentation, “The Development of Advanced Functional Fibers and Fabrics” outlined the progress made in AFFOA’s mission to “rekindle the domestic textiles industry” with its coordinated […]

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Smart textile and e-textile solutions for indoor environments

September 1st, 2020

Technology and fabric advancements are fueling the development of smart textile and e-textile solutions for indoor environments.  by Pamela Mills-Senn As the quest to add more functionality to interior spaces continues, smart fabrics and e-textiles are poised to make their own contributions, serving as platforms that can capture data, heat and cool, adjust lighting, entertain, […]

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Want a smart fabric? Print it.

December 1st, 2019

Cost-efficient smart textiles that can be laser printed could enable real-time storage of renewable energies for e-textiles. Photo: RMIT University. What if you could create a smart fabric in just minutes—one that can store energy? Scientists at RMIT University in Australia have developed the technology to make this possible. They’ve developed a laser-printing process to […]

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Partnerships make a difference in bringing textiles to market

September 1st, 2019

Partnerships along the supply chain support new products and applications.  by Marie O’Mahony British entrepreneur Richard Branson once said, “There are no quick wins in business; it takes years to become an overnight success.” This is certainly true for the development of innovative new textiles. Business owners who succeed in their efforts know that establishing […]

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