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In this episode, we talk about how a radical change in plastic composition can significantly minimize waste when recycling plastics without compromising material properties and a first of its kind smart fabric with customizable properties which serves as the first step towards a whole new market

Podcast: Solution To The Plastic Problem & Smart Fabrics

Featuring "fiber devices" including a large-format display, temperature and ultraviolet sensors, a touch-sensitive input matrix, and even a heart-rate monitor, this foldable fabric is being positioned as a breakthrough for smart homes and the IoT.

A flexible, foldable, highly-integrated "smart fabric" could herald the future of the cuddlier Internet of Things

Inspired by the human ear, a new acoustic fabric converts audible sounds into electrical signals.

A fabric that "hears" your heart's sounds

Submissions received this month included articles related to instrumentation, renewable energy, robotics, automotive vehicles, and more. Presenting a small curation of all the innovative projects.

University Technology Exposure Program 2022: February Update

Researchers have developed a 46-inch woven display with smart sensors, energy harvesting and storage integrated directly into the fabric.

Scientists develop fully woven, smart display

After each season, clothing retailers offer deep discounts to lure in consumers to buy leftover, unsold products. But what if they could do a better job predicting what consumers will want, in what size and in the right quantity to increase profits, and reduce textile waste?

Expert: Technology Could Help Clothing Retailers Become More Sustainable

Angella Mackey explored the wondrous possibilities of shapeshifting designs

What's it like to wear dynamic fabric?

“Robotic” textiles could help performers and athletes train their breathing, and potentially help patients recovering from postsurgery breathing changes.

New fibers can make breath-regulating garments

An international team of researchers used liquid gallium to create an antiviral and antimicrobial coating and tested it on a range of fabrics, including facemasks.

Liquid Metal Coating Creates Effective Antiviral, Antimicrobial Fabric

Engineers at Caltech and JPL have developed a material inspired by chain mail that can transform from a foldable, fluid-like state into specific solid shapes under pressure.

Material Inspired by Chain Mail Transforms from Flexible to Rigid on Command

In this episode, we talk about how MIT has built a magic carpet to avoid privacy concerns with human body tracking, an initiative from Texas A&M to track nanoparticles in produce, and the novel approach from Carnegie Mellon to turn household items into sensors.

Podcast: MIT's Magic Carpet, Nanoparticles in Your Food, Turning Fabric into Smart Devices

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed fabric-friendly near-field communication antennas that can be woven into everyday surfaces for building smart environments.

Fabric-friendly sensors

In a first, the digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity.

Engineers create a programmable fiber

In recent years there have been exciting breakthroughs in wearable technologies, like smartwatches that can monitor your breathing and blood oxygen levels.

"Smart clothes" that can measure your movements

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