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Advanced Textiles Source
January 2014
Soldiers serving in Afghanistan march to the ramp of the Chinook helicopter that would return them to Kandahar Army Air Field. Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis.

E-textiles for military markets

By Sigrid Tornquist

A fully equipped Soldier carries 50–120 pounds of equipment, depending on the mission. Efforts to reduce the amount of weight Soldiers need to carry in the field are in full swing—and researchers are turning to advanced textiles as part of the answer. [More]

Analyzing movement—by the clothes we wear

By Sigrid Tornquist

What if a person’s heart rate, respiration and body mechanics could be monitored during activities without being observed in person or via video feeds? What if that data could be collected and evaluated remotely? Dr. Tom Martin, co-director of the Electronic Textiles Lab at Virginia Tech, can answer those questions. [More]

Wearable sensors for firefighters

The Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform (WASP) Shirt by Globe Manufacturing, Pittsfield, N.H., is a body-worn system that integrates physiological and location monitoring for real-time data collection. [More]

My Take
Janet Preus
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The expectations for e-textiles and wearable technology are broad and significant. The research is yielding more promising—and practical—innovations at a fairly regular clip. The problem? How to make end products commercially viable in their marketplaces. [More]
What's New?

SigNature® T traces original fibers in textiles and apparel

Applied DNA Sciences has announced the rollout of a new security platform for textiles that provides a means to identify authentic fibers and assure the quality and performance of the original fiber. [More]

Antimicrobial & anti-static fibers for performance markets

A fiber manufacturing company and industry leader has created and perfected state-of-the-art textile grade fibers and yarns from silver coated nylon with “inherent” antimicrobial and anti-static properties. Silver has been used for its restorative and reported healing properties for centuries.  [More]
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OEKO-TEX® releases webinar on STeP

OEKO-TEX has produced a prerecorded webinar providing information on the new STeP certification system for sustainable textile production operations. Presented in English, it’s available for viewing at any time on the OEKO-TEX® website. [More]

Interactive fabric brings bedtime stories to life

A new interactive textile system called “TexTales,” the brainstorm of Dutch Ph.D. candidate Kristi Kuusk, weaves images into bed linens that interact with handheld tablets and smart phones to bring imagery to virtual life. [More]
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