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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Potential is great for smart textiles

January 11th, 2019

Smart textiles and clothing are expected to transform the health care, sports and fitness, and work-wear sectors, according to a report in Issue 63 of Performance Apparel Markets from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Clothing is an ideal platform for the integration of smart technologies. To date, most products within the market have […]

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Heat-conducting graphene jacket

December 1st, 2018

Part jacket. Part science experiment. That’s how the makers of a new graphene-coated jacket describe their garment. Only a single atom thick, graphene is invisible to the naked eye. It’s lightweight, highly conductive, and is the strongest material known to humankind. But graphene also comes with challenges. It’s hard to work with and very expensive […]

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Early adopters affect product development

November 1st, 2018

IoClothes describes itself as “A Community Fusing Tech & Textiles™” that exists to support those who innovate in the smart textile industry by providing information and helping them to establish the right connections to move forward. Managing director Ben Cooper says, “About 30–40 percent of the [textile] industry has a warm-to-hot interest in innovation—new processes, […]

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Stressed? Interactive textiles monitor humans and structures for potential damage

July 1st, 2018

During the evening rush-hour traffic, the eight-lane 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis suddenly collapsed on August 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The bridge was a continuous truss design, and an overstressed gusset plate at a critical joint was later determined as the weak point that contributed to its […]

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New technologies make textiles interactive and smarter

July 1st, 2018

Textiles are well established as passive materials offering comfort and protection, as well as design and fashion choices. With strong interest in promoting textile manufacturing and enhancing the utility and performance of textiles, academia and government researchers have initiated efforts to enable them to be active as well. Textiles that can provide functional performance properties, […]

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Smart bandage monitors wounds

October 1st, 2017

When a patient has a chronic wound, tracking the healing process and regularly changing the dressing is important to recovery. Nurses and other caregivers must guard against bacteria that could cause infections as well as keep the skin from getting irritated. Researchers from Empa, ETH Zurich, Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), and University […]

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Making connections in smart textiles

September 29th, 2017

When E.M. Forster wrote the words “only connect” in his Victorian novel Howards End, he was linking poetry and prose. But the phrase was given new meaning at IFAI Expo’s Advanced Textiles Conference Smart Fabrics Track on Tuesday by presenters who encouraged better connectivity between the textile and electronics industries. One company working to bridge […]

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