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April 12, 2016
Joe Nimble shoe
The Joe Nimble “Woolster” shoe features PORON XRD cushioning and is constructed with a 100 percent felted wool upper and Vibram outer sole. Photo: Joe Nimble.

The other smart textiles

New technologies have created textiles that can respond to environmental stimuli—and they’re not electronic.

by Debra Cobb

Much attention has been given to textiles that are integrated with electronic sensors and circuitry (e-textiles), enabling us to measure, monitor, track and communicate vital signs, performance goals and whereabouts through other electronic devices. But some smart textiles do not rely on electronics. [More]

Joe Nimble shoe
DuPont has developed a conductive ink that can allow electronic textiles to be more flexible and versatile than previously possible.

Smart Fabrics Summit draws key industry participants

by Janet Preus

Government and industry players gathered in Washington D.C. on April 11 to discuss the “nascent smart fabrics market,” as described by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who was among the speakers at the one-day event. [More]

Best timing of a news release ever

by Janet Preus

By now, all you have to say to those in the textile industry is “$317 million” and they’ll know what you’re talking about. On April 1, the U.S. Dept. of Defense and MIT announced a broad-based consortium to research and manufacture advanced fabrics. News like this doesn’t fall in an editor’s lap every day, particularly right when I plan on talking about smart fabrics in our features. [More]

Test methods for quantifying the UV protection factor of apparel, sunshades and awnings

Ben Mead, Dr. Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Institute, Hohenstein Institute America Inc.

About 3.5 million cases of skin cancer (i.e. basal and squamous cell) are diagnosed in the US each year. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer, will account for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015. Given these facts, dermatologists stress the need for preemptive UV protection. Here, textiles offer a much more effective protection against UV radiation than cosmetic sunscreens. [More]
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Quick-response smart clothes

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. has developed new technology for the thermal, moisture and flow-technical behavior of smart clothing, automatically adjusting according to the wearer's individual needs. [More]

U.S. boosts funding for next generation textiles development

by Seshadri Ramkumar

On April 1, the U.S. Dept. of Defense announced that a consortium has been formed to support the development of next-generation textiles. The “Advanced Functional Fabrics of America” came out of a proposal developed by a group of 145 charter members that includes U.S. universities, manufacturing entities, startups and workforce development groups. [More]

Plastic-eating bacteria could fuel a recycling revolution

Researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University have discovered a plastic-eating bacteria after five years of searching through 250 samples of rubbish. It could have a major impact on recycling efforts. [More]

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Built-in virtual reality for wearables is possible

A series of wearables designed for gamers for an immersive virtual reality experience incorporates hearing and touch via sensors imbedded in the arms, hands and body to bring the experience to a new level of VR immersion. [More]

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