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Twistrons, made from spun carbon nanotubes (CNTs), convert mechanical movement into electricity. Pic: The University of Texas at Dallas
US students develop carbon nanotube yarn harvesting mechanical energy

1st Feb 2023

Researchers in the US have made novel carbon nanotube yarns that convert mechanical movement into electricity more effectively than other material-based energy harvesters. Improvements to the invented high-tech yarns were called ‘twistrons,’ which generate electricity when stretched or twisted. Their new version is constructed much like cotton yarns.

Pic: Tohoku University
Researchers from Japan’s university develop microelectronic fibre

25th Jan 2023

A researchers’ team led by Dr Yuanyuan Guo from Japan’s Tohoku University's Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences has developed a microelectronic fibre with microscopic parameters that is capable of analysing electrolytes and metabolites in sweat. The fibre’s micrometre scale allows it to be woven into clothes for healthcare use.

Pic: Sensoria Health
US’ Sensoria introduces first wearable tele-rehabilitation platform

9th Nov 2022

Sensoria Health, developer of tele-rehab remote patient monitoring wearable solutions, has introduced the first truly wearable tele-rehabilitation platform. Sensoria offers a patient-centric, multi-device mobile and cloud software tele-rehab system that makes it easy for clinicians to remotely monitor the most common conditions in their patient...

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US’ BeBop Sensors unveils RoboSkin Robo-Finger humanoid robotic finger

14th Oct 2022

BeBop Sensors, US’ leader in smart fabric sensor technologies, has unveiled the RoboSkin Robo-Finger humanoid robotic finger. The BeBop Sensors Robo-Finger evaluation system is a fabric-based sensor system that offers spatial resolution and sensitivity that far exceeds human abilities for a true partnership between humans and their robot helpers.

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UK researchers embed sensors in clothes to monitor health

27th Sep 2022

UK researchers have embedded new low-cost sensors that monitor breathing, heart rate, and ammonia into T-shirts and face masks. Potential applications range from monitoring exercise, sleep, and stress to diagnosing and monitoring disease through breath and vital signs. Just $0.15 produces a metre of thread to integrate over ten sensors into clothing.

Fifty One Apparel sells clothing that regulates temperature swings from the symptoms of menopause, such as pajamas. Pic: Fifty One Ltd
Apparel using US’ NASA-funded technology can ease menopausal symptoms

6th Sep 2022

London-based clothing brand Fifty One Apparel uses a technology funded by US’ NASA called Outlast that can assist in alleviating symptoms of those suffering from menopause. By bonding Outlast to cellulosic yarn, the company’s clothing maintains the temperature-regulating properties of phase-change materials but retains the look and feel of high-end...

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Michelman to display carbon fibre sizing solutions at US’ CAMX 2022

18th Aug 2022

Michelman is set to showcase its Hydrosize and Hydrosize carbon fibre sizing solutions and its Unyte technologies for technical textiles at CAMX 2022, from October 17-20, 2022, at the Anaheim convention centre, in Anaheim, CA, in booth #X26. Michelman manufactures fibre sizing and surface modifiers used to produce reinforced plastic composites.

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Luxembourg’s OCSiAl & CoatYarn develop smart textile technology

22nd Jul 2022

A smart textile technology with graphene nanotubes has been developed by OCSiAl and CoatYarn. High demand for interactive electronic textiles encouraged the Italian producer of technical-industrial yarns CoatYarn to expand its production line with an absolutely new product: thermoplastic polyurethane yarn enhanced with graphene nanotubes by OCSiAl.

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US' MIT researcher advances process to produce customised textiles

20th Jul 2022

Lavender Tessmer, a doctoral candidate in MIT’s department of architecture, has developed a new active fibre and designed a process that — combined with specific knit textile architecture — uses heat to activate a mask to conform to an individual’s face. With standard equipment and the new customisation process, any manufacturer can create a customised ...

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