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MIT team opens way for smart textiles

2nd Dec 2020

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of technology have found a way to pattern hundreds-of-metres-long multimaterial fibres with embedded functional elements. Multimaterial fibres that integrate metal, glass and semiconductors will be useful in biomedicine, smart textiles and robotics. But, positioning functional elements has been difficult.

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Mcell builds mass production system for smart textiles

25th Nov 2020

Mcell, a technology-based startup specialised in developing smart textiles for various usages with advanced nano-coating technology, has built a mass production system for functional fibres using its coating technology. Mcell's smart textile can implement not only the surface heating function but also functions to recognise health and emergency...

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Southampton University leads project on smart textiles

20th Nov 2020

An international research project is exploring the potential of innovative smart textiles for use across high growth industries. The €5.5 million SmartT programme, led by the University of Southampton, brings together specialists from the UK and France to apply functional inks in areas such as fashion, sport, safety ware, advertising and mapmaking.

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Bath scientists make nylon fibres to produce electricity

19th Nov 2020

Scientists from the University of Bath, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) and the University of Coimbra have produced nylon fibres that generate electricity from simple body movement, opening a way for producing smart clothes that will monitor health through miniaturised sensors and charge devices without any external power source.

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Harvard team develops ultra-sensitive, resilient sensor

18th Nov 2020

Scientists at Harvard University have developed an ultra-sensitive, highly resilient strain sensor that can be embedded in textiles and soft robotic systems. Unlike current highly sensitive stretchable sensors which need exotic materials, this sensor doesn’t require special manufacturing techniques. It could be made using any conductive material.

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Quanta Vici unveils smart heated gloves and socks

5th Nov 2020

Quanta Vici, a smart wearable company, has unveiled first ever smart heated gloves and socks. These are now launched on Kickstarter. Quanta Vici Smart Wearables offer smart temperature regulation up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. This amounts to precision temperature control. Each wearer can choose their ideal temperature degree for maximum comfort.

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Toray develops textile to prevent odour

2nd Nov 2020

Toray Industries has developed a new textile - Mushon 4X - that prevents odour. The company applied proprietary nanotechnology to combine several functional processing techniques and deliver odour prevention and elimination, antibacterial, and antioxidant performance. The textile will be commercialised in November 2020 for diverse applications.

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Borås doctorate student creates luminescent textiles

26th Oct 2020

A researcher at the University of Borås has succeeded in creating luminescent textiles using luminescence phenomena in nature, while pursuing her doctorate. Her work in textile technology can be useful in several areas since luminescent materials have a wide range of applications including in biomedicine, biosensors, safety, architecture and...

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Saarland University team makes e-textiles by dyeing

15th Oct 2020

Scientists at Saarland University have developed a new method to make electro-sensitive fabrics, called e-textiles, in a simple way. The method makes it possible to convert textiles and garments into e-textiles, without affecting their original properties. The textiles remain thin, stretchable and supple. The electrical properties are “dyed” into the...

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