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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Soft robotics and shape memory alloys

August 1st, 2019

Shape memory alloys are a fit with textile technologies. by Janet Preus What makes a material robotic? According to Brad Holschuh, Ph.D., assistant professor of wearable technology and apparel design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota (UMN), the simplest explanation is that it’s a synthetic product with mechanical actuation that can […]

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