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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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German companies awarded for making fibre to shield EM radiation

12th Jul 2021

FibreCoat and DBF Deutsche Basalt have won the overall prize of the 17th “IQ Innovationspreises Mitteldeutschland”. The two companies have jointly developed a new fibre material to shield electromagnetic radiation from digital end devices, medical technology or e-car batteries cheaply. These devices so far have been covered with metal fibre fabrics.

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US university Purdue’s FlexiLab making Internet of Things practical

30th Jun 2021

FlexiLab at Purdue University is trying to make the Internet of Things more practical for everyday use by addressing the limitations which have prevented it from growing in home environments. The aim is to develop seamless communication between humans, machines and household items. For example, FlexiLab is printing electronics the way newspapers are...

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Belgium’s Ontex comes out with smart incontinence care solution

29th Jun 2021

Ontex, a Belgium-based international personal hygiene group, has developed a smart continence management service - Orizon - for care homes and hospitals. Orizon, alerts caregivers via an app when a resident’s smart incontinence protection gets close to saturation. The service increases comfort for residents and staff, and increases the dignity of...

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MIT creates fibre with digital capabilities, memory and AI

17th Jun 2021

Scientists at MIT have created the first fibre with digital capabilities. The fibre is thin and flexible and can be passed through a needle, sewn into fabrics, and washed at least 10 times without breaking down. A digital fibre can also store a lot of information in memory, and can sense, store, analyse, and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt.

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Purdue University team makes battery-free wearables from cloth items

14th Jun 2021

Scientists at Purdue University have found a way to transform existing cloth items into battery-free wearables resistant to laundry. These smart clothes are powered wirelessly through a flexible, silk-based coil sewn on the textile. This smart clothing will not only make one more productive but also monitor one’s health and even call for help if needed.

Project results of the TPL in cooperation with the Hans Riegel Foundation: Interactive jacket controls LEDs through arm movements. Pic: Textile Prototyping Lab
Fraunhofer IZM sets up new Textile Prototyping Lab

9th Jun 2021

Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin has set up a new Textile Prototyping Lab (TPL) with a view to create creative high-tech textiles. The lab varies from the style of usual research laboratories by its design, and displays patterns, seams and mannequins. In collaboration with Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, TPL is busy creating textile-integrated electronics.

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Ontario govt supports launch of tech to detect early disease warnings

8th Jun 2021

The Ontario state government in Canada is investing over $1.5 million, through the Ontario Together Fund, in Myant Inc. to help commercialise ‘connected wearables’, which can sense, monitor and help detect various symptoms that may signal the onset of diseases, including those associated with COVID-19. The project is expected to create 80 jobs.

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