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January 26, 2016
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Hydrogels can absorb and retain large volumes of water; responsive hydrogel can change its volume with stimuli in a process that is reversible, making it a smart material. Photo: Grado Zero Innovation Srl.

Fashion grounded, Space inspired

A working fashion and technology partnership provides solutions for Space travel and opportunities for Earth-based endeavours.

by Marie O’Mahony

Survival in Space is a major challenge for textile and apparel designers. Equally important is the inspiration that Space apparel provides for designers to imagine what we might wear on Earth. Visionary companies and individuals in America and Europe are emerging, working with NASA and the ESA to produce clothing that is transformative and inspirational. [More]

Measuring the evaporative cooling power of performance apparel using the Hohenstein “Watson” test system

Dr. Jan Beringer/ Ben Mead, Hohenstein Institute

New garments out of different fibers, additives and chemical finishes with claimed cooling effects are very available on the market, and new ones are constantly being developed. Cooling properties are broadly being used in marketing of these garments. However, this marketing is rarely done with objective and quantitative measuring data, and is commonly only based on testimonials. In the past, this was partly because there was no quantitative measuring method available that was able to technically measure the cooling effect like the wearer really feels when wearing the textile. This can now be done with the proprietary Hohenstein measuring system WATson (in German: Waerme Abgabe Tester translated in English: Heat Release Tester). [More]
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LifeThreads has new medical apparel line

New York-based LifeThreads® LLC has launched its second-generation line of antimicrobial medical apparel, treated with an EPA-registered active ingredient that protects the fabric from harmful pathogens found in institutional medical environments. [More]

Applied DNA, USDA enter R&D pact

DNA-security developer Applied DNA Sciences of Stony Brook, N.Y., and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have entered a cooperative research and development agreement to identify cotton species and cultivars (subspecies) using Applied DNA's fiberTyping®. [More]

OEKO-TEX sets new Standard 100 test

At the start of 2016, the Zurich, Switzerland-based International OEKO-TEX Association published updated test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The new regulations take effect April 1, 2016, for all certifications, following a three-month transition period. [More]

Giant flowers respond to passerby with shading

Wearable responds to another’s gaze

An interactive, 3D-printed wearable has been developed that can detect the gaze of another person and respond accordingly with life-like behavior. The developers of “Caress of the Gaze” say it opens the possibility of a radical new approach to interactive clothing, inspired by nature and the behavior of human skin. [More]

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