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US researchers develop stretchable fabric-based lithium-ion battery

31st Jul 2023

Houston University researchers have created a prototype of a stretchable fabric-based lithium-ion battery. Led by professor Haleh Ardebili, the team converted rigid electrodes into flexible, stretchable forms, enhancing the prospects for wearable tech. Utilising conductive silver fabric, the new batteries overcome conventional rigidity and fire...

(L-R) Assistant professor Tan Swee Ching, Dr Zhang Songlin, and Zhou Mengjuan from NUS College of Design and Engineering. Pic: NUS
Singapore’s researchers mimic spiders to transform smart textile fibre

11th Jul 2023

NUS researchers have created a new method for producing soft, reusable fibres for smart textiles, inspired by spider silk spinning. The fibres, generated through the Phase Separation-Enabled Ambient (PSEA) spinning approach, exhibit strength, stretchability, and electrical conductivity. Future uses include interactive gaming gloves and...

TSA Tactile Sensation Analyzer. Pic: Emtec Electronic
Germany’s Emtec to display revamped haptic measuring tech at WoW 2023

6th Jun 2023

Emtec Electronic will showcase its revamped TSA Tactile Sensation Analyzer at the World of Wipes Conference in Atlanta, July 2023. The device measures and digitises haptic properties of materials, such as softness, smoothness, and elasticity, surpassing human touch limitations. The TSA also captures high-resolution images of samples for easy...

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Smart fabric by Canadian researchers responds to heat, electricity

28th Apr 2023

Researchers at Canada’s Waterloo University have developed a smart material that responds to both heat and electricity. The material, made with polymer nano-composite fibres from recycled plastic, can change its colour and shape when stimulated. The material is activated by a low voltage of electricity, making it more energy-efficient and...

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Scientists develop metallic coating treatment for wearable textile

28th Apr 2023

Researchers from universities around the world have developed a new metallic coating treatment for clothing or wearable textiles that can self-repair, repel bacteria, and monitor heart signals. The conductive circuits created by liquid metal particles can transform wearable electronics and open doors for further development of human-machine interfaces.

Wearable technology called KnitDema by Cornell University researchers. (Pic: Hybrid Body Lab)
US researchers build knitted robotic textile for hand oedema patients

28th Apr 2023

US researchers have created a wearable technology called KnitDema that massages swollen areas of a patient’s hand affected by hand oedema. It uses thread-like shape memory alloy springs woven into the knitted material that are activated by a circuit board to mobilise fluid out of the swollen area. The KnitDema device can be used at the patient’s...

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UK’s researchers develop sustainable smart textiles with LEDs, sensors

25th Apr 2023

Cambridge University researchers have developed next-generation smart textiles that incorporate LEDs, sensors, energy harvesting, and storage. The researchers created test patches of smart textiles measuring around 50x50 cm, which could be scaled up. They can be produced inexpensively and, in any shape, or size using machines used to make everyday...

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ETH Zurich researchers develop textile sensor to detect exhaustion

28th Mar 2023

A team at ETH Zurich led by Professor Carlo Menon has developed a smart textile sensor that can measure physical exhaustion. Integrated into athletic leggings, the sensor uses a unique fibre structure to capture body movements precisely. The sensor’s potential applications could extend to preventing exhaustion-related injuries in the workplace and more.

Reactive fibres woven into plain, satin, twill, and weft rib fabrics. Pic: Pedro Silva/Aalto University
Finland’s researchers develop smart fabric that reacts to temp changes

27th Feb 2023

Researchers at Aalto University and Cambridge University have collaborated to create new textiles that can alter their shape based on the temperature. Such responsive smart fabrics not only offer adjustable aesthetics but also assist in tracking people’s health, enhance thermal insulation, and provide new tools for controlling room acoustics and design.

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