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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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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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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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