Smart Textiles & Nanotechnology

Life on Mars: Are knitted space suits the future?

9th August 2013 0 comment
Just one month after opening its new textile engineering laboratory specialising in flat knit engineering (see: Innovation lab for engineered flat knits opens in LA ), Los Angeles based Fabdesigns, Inc., has announced that its flat knitted armoured compression space suit has been selected as one of the top 20 finalists in the “LAUNCH 2013 Systems Challenge”.

First International Conference on Digital Technologies for the textile industries

7th August 2013 0 comment
The First International Conference on Digital Technologies for the Textile Industries will take place at the University of Manchester, from 5-6 September 2013, organised by TexEng Software in association with University of Manchester. The conference will feature 40 discussions, with more than 30 experts in the advisory committee, from countries like USA, UK, Germany, Russia, China, India, Canada, France and Belgium. The topics covered at the event will include fabric and fashion design, engineering applications, wearable electronics, computational modelling, visualisation, prediction of performance, control of machines, commercial organisation, 3D body scanning and computer aided colour.

Para-aramid fibre in space elevator challenge

6th August 2013 0 comment
Teijin’s high-performance Technora para-aramid fibre will be used for the Space Elevator Challenge, an annual racing event for mock space elevators to be held in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan from 7-10 August.

The 2013 Théophile Legrand International Prize for Textile Innovation

5th August 2013 0 comment
The 2013 Théophile Legrand International Prize for Textile Innovation will be awarded on 5 October at ValJoly Eppe-Sauvage resort. In honour of Théophile Legrand, founder of the wool industry in Fourmies, Northern France, the Théophile Legrand Foundation – Institut de France was created in 2007 by Christian Cambier, a descendant of Théophile Legrand. Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor of the Institut de France, currently chairs the foundation, with the main administrator paleontologist Philippe Taquet, President of the Academy of Sciences.

ANA selects performance polyesters for in-flight comfort

2nd August 2013 0 comment
The Teijin Group announced today that its high performance polyester materials, including Nanofront high strength ultra fine nanofiber, have been selected for use in high quality comforters and pillows which All Nippon Airways (ANA) will offer to first and business class customers on selected flights beginning 1 September this year.

Pink & Black Haute Couture by CuteCircuit

9th July 2013 0 comment
CuteCircuit presented its latest Pink & Black Haute Couture collection at the exclusive Fashion Show sponsored by Magnum that took place in Istanbul.

Nylgold to be showcased at Interfilière

3rd July 2013 0 comment
Nylstar, one of the leading producers of Polyamide 6.6 filaments and yarns will be participating at Interfilière Paris next weekend, showcasing its premium fibre, Nylgold, as well as other recent innovations.

The Bloody Beetroots glowing mask

20th June 2013 0 comment
English fashion house CuteCircuit has designed a new spectacular Mask for DJ Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, known as the Bloody Beetroots. Controlled wirelessly using CuteCircuit’s Q Software, the new high tech mask has its original Venom shape, however it lights up making the show more dramatic.

New Tencel ePower sustainable solution

19th June 2013 0 comment
Tencel ePower, is Lenzing’s innovative sustainable solution for EDLC applications, and the Austrian company expects it to revolutionise the double-layer capacitor industry. The latest innovative Tencel solutions in the fields of energy storage, power and substrate density will be showcased at the fourth European Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held in Strasbourg from 24-28 June 2013. Wolfgang Plasser, vice president and general manager Business Unit Nonwoven Fibres, said: “Lenzing is proud to announce a further innovative Tencel development. The technical segment is particularly important to us. Our innovation focus is on future-oriented technologies, and we are continually striving to expand our product portfolio in this direction.”

New wristband for blood pressure monitoring

18th June 2013 0 comment
The company STBL Medical Research AG has developed a device that can be worn on the wrist and records the blood pressure continuously. The measurement is carried out by several sensors which simultaneously measure the contact pressure, pulse and blood flow on the surface of the skin in the vicinity of the wrist. The new sensor designed as an alternative to the pressure cuffs and invasive monitoring involving a catheter inserted into the artery, is as big as a wristwatch.

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