Keyword: Fabrics

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
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...

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...

Briefs: Materials

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

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

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...

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

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...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.
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...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
Articles: Materials
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.