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Canadian researchers weave ‘threads’ of Wi-Fi into fabric

10th May 2022

Canadian researchers have woven ‘threads’ of Wi-Fi into fabric as a way of pushing boundaries to further understand how technology impacts lives. A textile Wi-Fi antenna has been created by weaving a conductive material directly into a tapestry fabric. It was conceived as a way to understand human relationship with home routers and the Internet.

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Electricity-generating wearable fabric created by UK, Sri Lankan team

25th Apr 2022

Researchers from Loughborough University in the UK and the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka have developed a scalable manufacturing technique to create wearable fabrics embedded with very small power generators known as ‘triboelectric nanogenerators’. The techniquecan turn common textile materials into energy-generating textiles using established...

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MIT researchers develop fabric that converts sounds into signals

19th Apr 2022

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and collaborators at Rhode Island School of Design have designed a fabric that works like a microphone, converting sound first into mechanical vibrations, then into electrical signals. Inspired by the human ear, a new acoustic fabric converts audible sounds into electrical signals.

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Network of Italian textiles creates spacesuit for SMOPS

13th Apr 2022

A group of companies in the Italian textile industry, headed by RadiciGroup, has created a spacesuit for analogue simulation which is designed and engineered in Italy for SMO Mars mission. It was promoted and organised by Mars Planet, the Italian chapter of the Mars Society headquartered in Bergamo, under the patronage of the Italian Space Agency.

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US researchers prevent electric malfunction in yarns that store energy

13th Apr 2022

In a new study, researchers from the North Carolina (NC) State University have found a way to prevent electrical malfunctions in yarns designed to store electrical energy. Ultimately, the findings could help advance the development of “smart textiles” that would capture energy from the wearer’s movements and power sensors and wearable electronics.

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US’ iT2 to develop ‘Wireless Soldier’ Wearable Technology for DoD

1st Apr 2022

Validating its vision to extend the utility of apparel beyond clothing, US’ Integrated Tactical Technologies (iT2) has announced that the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded the company a multi-phase contract worth up to $19.4 million to develop a wearable two-way communication solution to enable the ‘Wireless...

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UK scientists develop fully woven, smart textile display

17th Feb 2022

An international team of scientists from the University of Cambridge have produced a fully woven smart textile display that integrates active electronic, sensing, energy and photonic functions. The functions are embedded directly into the specialised fibres and yarns, which are manufactured with the use of textile-based industrial processes.

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UK’s Gen 2 Carbon appoints Tim King as technical sales consultant

14th Feb 2022

As part of Gen 2 Carbon’s strategic plan to develop markets in both the UK and overseas, the company has announced that it has appointed Tim King as technical sales consultant. Gen 2 Carbon, which is headquartered in the UK, is focused on the delivery of next generation carbon fibre recovery systems and the expansion of recycled nonwoven technologies.

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US’ Semtech joins hands with Ontex for smart hospital app

1st Feb 2022

Semtech, a global supplier of high-performance analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced a collaboration with Ontex, a leading international personal hygiene group, for an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled diaper tag. Ontex has expertise in baby care, feminine care and adult care and distributes in more than 110...

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