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Advanced Textiles Source
August 2014
Invisibility technologies: where are the textiles?

Invisibility technologies: where are textiles?

By Janet Preus

Technologies seem to get attention in waves, depending on when there is a breakthrough development or when there is little that’s new to report. The challenge with very new technologies is to predict with any accuracy how—much less when —it might be applied and what materials would be used to create a functioning product. Invisibility technologies certainly fit into this scenario, but the proposition is intriguing.  [More]

Just beginning to see the possibilities

The topic of invisibility technology is a little irresistible. Who isn’t fascinated with the prospect of making things—or people—disappear? But that’s not the only type of invisibility being researched or developed. Scientists have made strides in the development of acoustic, tactile and thermal invisibility technologies.  [More]

Innovation in pure silica fibers for hard tissue engineering applications

Özkan Yapar

With researchers at Tempere University of Technology, Özkan Yapar successfully produced pure silica fibers in nonwoven form and characterized these fibers and textile structures by the addition of various chemicals under various conditions. Mechanical and surface characteristics of the pure silica fibers were improved for versatile hard tissue engineering applications. Yapar’s method to acquire pure silica fibers and textile structures for biocomposite use is applicable and productive when compared to mechanically produced silica fibers. [More]
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Concrete and fabric for structures

Ir. Diederik Veenendaal, doctoral research assistant, Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, is working on a project that uses fabrics to construct thin-shell concrete structures. [More]

Wicklund joins Advanced Textiles Source advisors

IFAI division group supervisor Linden Wicklund will serve on IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Source advisory board. Wicklund is responsible for staff coordination with Advanced Textiles Products (ATP), as well as the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), Fabric Structures Association (FSA) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI). [More]

Super-stretchable yarn made of graphene

Researchers at Penn State and Shinshu University in Japan have developed a simple, scalable method of making graphene oxide (GO) fibers that are strong, stretchable and can be easily scrolled into yarns with strengths approaching that of Kevlar. [More]

Flexible, printed batteries for wearable devices

According to MIT Technology Review, a California business is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. [More]

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Interactive, haptic footwear launched

ArtDucere Technologies announced the launch of interactive haptic footwear under their wearable technology brand LECHAL. An app loaded on a smartphone pairs with the footwear via Bluetooth. The phone’s GPS is used to calculate location data, and directions are conveyed to the user via vibrations in the footwear. [More]
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