smart textiles

Google, Levi's Create "Smart" Denim Jacket for Urban Cyclists

There’s very little about Google and Levi Strauss’s “smart” jacket that distinguishes it from any other garment a savvy urbanite might sport. With neither…

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MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

Photos by M. Scott Brauer for MIT The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to spearhead an ambitious new project to…

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Lauren Bowker Creates Clothing That Reacts to Temperature, Motion

TOUCH AND GO But Bowker is more than the sum of her gimmicks. A trained chemist, she created the world’s first pollution-absorbing dye early in her career. Bowker is currently…

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Stretchy Sensors Could Create Clothes That Detect Toxic Gases, UV Radiation

Early detection plays a critical role in saving lives, whether that is in industrial settings where workers could be exposed to toxic gases or even normal people out in the sun exposed…

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Project Jacquard: Google, Levi's to Turn Clothing Into Touchscreens

Jacquard is a “smart fabric” developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group that could conceivably turn your sleeve into a touch…

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New "Smart" Fabrics Can Be Washed, Stretched...Even Shot With Bullets

As wearables become more integrated into our lives they will also get woven into our fabrics. But for electronic textiles to be realistic, they need to be really durable and most…

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Asha Headscarves Promise Therapeutic Relief for Chemotherapy Patients

A Scottish textile company has developed a range of luxury headscarves designed to help cancer patients cope with the debilitating effects of chemotherapy. More than a way to conceal…

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P³i Design Lab Innovates Smart Textiles That Heal Wounds, Signal Seizures

Researchers in the United Kingdom are developing a new breed of smart garments poised to change the way we interact with our bodies. The recently inaugurated P³i research group at…

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Intruder-Detecting Smart "Curtains" Could Replace Your Anti-Theft System

Photo by Shutterstock A swathe of woven fabric could soon give pricey anti-burglary systems a run for their money. Don’t be fooled by its nondescript appearance, however.…

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An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

Photo by Shutterstock That Hanes Beefy-T you’re wearing could someday power your mobile device—that is, if researchers at the University of South Carolina have anything to do…

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Graphene-Based Conductive Material Could Revolutionize Wearable Tech

Photo by Shutterstock Hold on to your shorts, boys and girls, because the electronics industry is headed for a revolution. The University of Exeter has developed a material that…

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CuteCircuit Launches Ready-to-Wear Smart Textiles (Including a Version of Katy Perry's LED Gown!)

You don’t have to be Katy Perry to electrify the red carpet, whether literally, figuratively, or both. The wearable-technology wizards at CuteCircuit have unveiled ready-to-wear…

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Will Wearable Technology Intensify Our E-Waste Problem?

Photos by Greenpeace Sure, wearable technology can push us off the grid, keep us limber, make head-turning statements, and offer new ways of interacting in a convenient, unobtrusive…

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New Spray-on Technology Leaves Clothes Permanently Germ-Free

A University of Georgia scientist has discovered how to make clothing—stinky socks and gym shoes, included—permanently germ-free. Developed by Jason Locklin, an assistant professor…

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"Smart" Textile Shirt Protects Baseball Pitchers From Elbow Injuries

Wearable technology has finally hit the big leagues. Three engineering students from Northeastern University have developed a “data-logging” compression shirt that helps…

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Chic Swine Flu Mask Changes Color When Your Temperature Rises

‘Tis the season for the flu, and if the regular strain wasn’t bad enough, we have a new, porcine terror to contend with. These brightly patterned medical face masks,…

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