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IIT Delhi converts lab to Centre of Excellence in smart textiles

22nd Oct 2021

IIT Delhi has converted its state-of-the-art Smart Materials and Innovative Textile Applications (SMART) research lab to a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in smart textiles. The CoE has been established to work in the area of smart and functional textiles using emerging materials and process technologies, which can directly benefit the country’s textile...

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Smart displays by Canadian researchers show information through fabric

21st Oct 2021

Canadian scientists have developed an innovative display that shows information through clothes and other fabrics. The new technology, which the researchers are calling PocketView, uses LED lights to display basic information. It can function as a stand-alone piece of technology or could be incorporated into existing or next-generation smart devices.

IFAI’s annual Outlook conference highlights military textiles & fibres

29th Sep 2021

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) hosted its first in-person event, the annual Outlook conference, from August 29-31, 2021 at Hilton Head Island, SC. Turnout and engagement showed that the industry was ready to learn, network, and reconnect personally. The forum highlighted topics about military textiles and fibre markets.

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Rice University shows C nanotubes fibres can convert heat into energy

2nd Sep 2021

Scientists from Rice University, Tokyo Metropolitan University and the Rice-based Carbon Hub have shown that invisibly small carbon nanotubes aligned as fibres and sewn into fabrics can act as a thermoelectric generator that can convert heat from the sun or other sources into energy. These flexible generators could also be a way to make carbon ‘green’.

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W.L. Gore invests in Canada’s LifeBooster to launch smart workwear

2nd Sep 2021

W.L. Gore has announced an investment in LifeBooster to forge a new era in smart safety apparel for industrial workers worldwide. W.L. Gore will embark on a multi-year plan with LifeBooster to introduce a line of co-branded smart workwear products that takes the assessment of injury risk and worker protection to a new level of form, function, and value.

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NTU Singapore develops soft & stretchable sweat-powered battery

17th Aug 2021

Scientists from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a soft and stretchable battery that is powered by human perspiration. A research-intensive public university, it has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the engineering, business, science, humanities, arts, & social sciences, and graduate...

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IIT Delhi establishes Manish Singhal Chair to boost small textiles

29th Jul 2021

IIT Delhi alumnus Manish Singhal (B Tech in Chemical Engineering, 1994 batch) has established the ‘Manish Singhal Chair’ in the department of textile and fibre engineering to promote teaching and research in the small textiles sector. The initiative will promote interaction between the industry, faculty and students to boost smart textiles in the...

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China's Wuhan University has 1-step method to make cotton impermeable

28th Jul 2021

Scientists at Wuhan University of Technology have developed a one-step method to make cotton impermeable to water and oil. The material stays afloat with up to 35 times its weight because of air pockets. These features make this material suitable to make life jackets and swimsuits. Methods currently used to make cotton fluid repellent are...

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UK company James Heal unveils resource for performance testing

27th Jul 2021

James Heal, part of the PPT group of companies, has unveiled a dedicated resource for performance testing – a new ‘microsite’. The website will provide resources on testing of technical textiles and fabrics which have technical and functional benefits such as comfort and safety, across a spectrum of applications - from PPE, bedding, outerwear to sports ...

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