Getting smarter about wearables

February 17th, 2021

The Wearable Technology Lab at the University of Minnesota is exploring mechanically active textiles and garments that squeeze or support the body, such as this compression vest, which changes shape via shape memory alloy materials. For control, effective sensors are required, an especially challenging problem because of the difficult sensing context presented by the body’s […]

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Musicians mask up their instruments

December 1st, 2020

Brass and woodwind instruments release aerosols out of the keyholes and ends of the instrument, and some instruments release spit out of spit valves, creating a large potential for the spread of COVID-19. University of Minnesota musicians are using special instrument masks to prevent this. Gopher Photo. The pandemic has left stages empty, and for […]

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