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US’ Frontier.cool launches FPGA-based MPSoC for textile industry

17th Jan 2022

Frontier.cool, the world’s largest cloud solution, has revealed the world’s first FPGA-based MPSoC (multiprocessor system on a chip) for the textile industry, based on FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) hardware acceleration, at the recently held CES 2022, in Las Vegas in the US. Frontier facilitates the rapid, scalable digitisation of textile...

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German researchers work on developing next generation smart textiles

13th Jan 2022

Researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, Germany, are in the process of developing a self-sufficient energy supply based on textiles. In this manner, it will become even easier in the future to supply mobile electronic devices worn close to the body with energy, even when no external power supply is available.

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US researchers bag $1.7 million to develop electronic gloves

31st Dec 2021

Pratap Rao, Cagdas Onal, and Zhi Li from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have bagged $1.7 million in federal and state funds to develop a soft, lightweight glove equipped with printed sensors and electronic circuits that will enable a user to tele-operate or train robotic systems. It will support development of next-generation wearable technology.

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US’ Premier Body Armor to commercialise Eclipsys-based products

16th Dec 2021

Alexium International Group Limited has announced the commercial launch of Eclipsys-based products by Premier Body Armor, a manufacturer of complete body armour systems. This announcement marks the first commercial body armour product using the Australian-headquartered company’s Eclipsys technology and the realisation of a new market for the company.

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Japanese-Chinese team develops fabric to power small electronics

29th Nov 2021

Scientists from the University of Fukui in Japan and China’s Nanjing University have created a new triboelectric fabric that generates electricity from the movement of the body while remaining flexible and breathable. Work on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) may soon make using the movement of a body to charge electronic devices like phones a...

Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Peter Tseng (L) and Amir Hossein Haji Aghajani Memar Doctoral Student. Pic: Steve Zylius/UCI
US researchers develop battery-free smart fabric

27th Nov 2021

Engineers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have integrated advanced metamaterials into flexible textiles to create a system capable of battery-free communication between fabric and nearby devices. The researchers extended the signal reach to over 4 feet using passive magnetic metamaterials based on etched foils of copper and aluminium.

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Sweden’s Grafren launches G-Heatex for powerful and uniform heat

17th Nov 2021

Sweden-based Grafren has announced the launch of a unique product, branded as G-Heatex, a series of graphene coated textiles which supplies powerful and uniform heat – while remaining soft, flexible, breathable and ultra lightweight. The company has recently patented two key innovations, which are now covering their full production cycle.

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American researchers develop new biosensor technology

15th Nov 2021

Chemical engineer Huanan Zhang from the University of Utah has developed a process that turns clothing fabric into biosensors which measure a muscle’s electrical activity as it is worn. Zhang and his team have devised a method of taking ordinary textile and turning the fabric into sensors that measure electrical impulses generated from muscle movement.

Germany’s RWTH university to test self-cleaning stockings in space

2nd Nov 2021

Germany’s RWTH alumnus and astronaut Martin Maurer to test self-cleaning stockings from Upper Hand and ITA in space via SpaceX Dragon. The antiviral technology of the ViruShield research project, funded by EIT Health, prevents viruses and bacteria transmission that cause unpleasant odours. The idea is to show that technology can also solve everyday...

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