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Humidity-responsive smart textile using silk in China
Humidity-responsive smart textile using silk in China

30th Apr 2019

Chinese scientists have developed a smart textile using silk that can automatically contract and stretch with change in humidity.A fibre artificial muscle created at the Nankai University in Tianjin creates textiles, sleeves made from which can vertically shrink by 45 per cent when exposed to moisture and then recover to its initial length in dry...

Kaist team makes washable displays for smart textiles

26th Mar 2019

Scientists at Kaist have developed a textile-based wearable display module technology that is washable and does not require an external power source, overcoming the problem in smart clothing with regard to its power sources and moisture permeability, which causes the devices to malfunction. The research has been published in Energy and Environmental...

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Chinese team reports breakthrough in power-generating yarn

6th Mar 2019

Researchers at Shanghai’s Donghua University have found a way to achieve the continuous and scalable manufacture of amphibious energy yarns and textiles that are composed of elastic polymers (rubber) and spiral metal fibres, the two of which produce an electro-transfer reaction during any deformation before generating power.This could lead to smart...

Courtesy: Zhor-Tech
Zhor-Tech unveils smart shoes for sports, healthcare

18th Feb 2019

Zhor-Tech, leader in smart shoe technology, has come out with innovations for sports, climate, workplace safety and healthcare. It has introduced electronics and software into shoes, creating wearable technology with benefits. Its easy-to-use Digitsole insoles fit into any running shoe and help professional athletes to weekend warriors improve...

Courtesy: Noble Biomaterials
Brands partner with Noble Biomaterials for smart fabrics

7th Feb 2019

As the consumer trend of demanding premium-quality apparel for multi-use is on the rise, more brands are partnering with Noble Biomaterials, a global leader in odour elimination and smart fabric solutions, to develop products with Noble’s platform of inherent fibre technologies allowing them to stay current in the ever-evolving apparel industry.

Courtesy: Imperial College London
Imperial College team prints metals on natural fabrics

5th Feb 2019

A multidisciplinary team of scientists from Imperial College London has developed technology to print metals such as silver, gold and platinum onto natural fabrics and shown that it could be used to incorporate batteries, wireless technologies and sensors into fabrics like paper and cotton textiles. This may be used in clothing for monitoring health.

Courtesy: University of Massachusetts
UMass Amherst team creates fabric to harvest body heat

4th Feb 2019

Two scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have created a fabric that can harvest body heat to power small wearable microelectronics such as activity trackers. Though wearable biosensors and data transmitters for personalised health monitoring have been developed, they require a lot of energy, while power sources can be bulky and heavy.

Courtesy: Heriot-Watt University
Heriot-Watt team with OGIC develop Centurion 3

31st Jan 2019

Scientists from Heriot-Watt University together with Dundee-based Iron Ocean and the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) have designed and developed Centurion 3 - an offshore survival system. The scientists developed innovative smart materials which were incorporated into Centurion 3 offshore survival garments that withstand even the harshest...

Associate Professor Kim Delbaere and Dr Matthew Brodie/Courtesy: UNSW
Tech from NeuRA, UNSW Sydney for Parkinson's patients

25th Jan 2019

Scientists from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney are testing eHealth and smart garment technologies to prevent falls in Parkinson’s disease patients. The team has received a grant from the Michael J Fox Foundation and the Shake It Up Australia Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. They are working with industry partner Sensoria...

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