Keyword: Fabrics

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Briefs: Wearables
The fibers measure subtle and complex fabric deformations.
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Briefs: Defense
This new approach is useful for building radiation shields via the Z-grading method, the process of layering metal materials with different atomic numbers to provide radiation protection for protons, electrons, and x-rays.
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Briefs: Materials
By incorporating a special type of plastic yarn and using heat to slightly melt it — a process called thermoforming — the researchers were able to greatly improve the precision of pressure sensors woven into multilayered knit textiles, which they call 3DKnITS.
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Briefs: Materials
Applications include a smart fabric for exoskeletons, an adaptive cast that adjusts its stiffness as an injury heals, or a deployable bridge that could be unrolled and stiffened.
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Briefs: Materials

A research team developed a thread made of conductive cellulose that offers practical possibilities for electronic textiles. Sewing the electrically conductive cellulose threads into...

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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Living materials made by housing biological cells within a nonliving matrix have gained popularity as scientists recognize that often the most robust materials are those...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Wearable electronic components incorporated directly into fabrics have been developed that could be used for flexible circuits, healthcare monitoring, energy conversion, and other applications....

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The flexible, washable microgrid uses the human body to sustainably power small electronics.
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Briefs: Materials
The device ultimately should be able to provide accurate signals from a person who is walking, running, or climbing stairs.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Slinky-like sensor survives washing machines, cars, and hammers.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
Invisibly small nanotubes aligned as fibers and sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun or other sources into energy.
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Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
The coatings eradicated human influenza and coronavirus in five minutes.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These textiles could help performers and athletes train their breathing and potentially help patients recovering from post-surgery breathing changes.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A method converts cotton into sugar, which can be turned into spandex, nylon, or ethanol.
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Briefs: Energy
Textiles and items of clothing can be converted into e-textiles without affecting their original properties.
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Briefs: Imaging
The technology shines through fabrics to show notifications for email messages, time, weather, or other forms of basic information.
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Briefs: AR/AI
The fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity.
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5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG and heart rate.
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Articles: Packaging & Sterilization
Nanotube fibers that turn heat to power; a NASA antenna system; and an antimicrobial coating.
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5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
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Briefs: Medical
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
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Articles: Electronics & Computers
Conductive cellulose, composites testing, and a light-emitting tattoo.
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Briefs: Communications
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Computers or smartphones with folding screens, smart clothing, and wearable sensors all require an energy source, which is usually a lithium-ion battery. These are typically heavy and rigid, making them...

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Briefs: Materials
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
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Briefs: Materials

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

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