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Embedded Optical Sensors

The story linked below is about using optical sensors to improve touch feedback in robots. But a greater significance to this story is that we have the ability to embed stretchable optical sensors for a range of applications. While the sensors in this story are actually tactile sensors designed to provide touch sensitivity, they use […]

3D Printing Wired Fabric Objects

Soft, deformable, 3D objects are created by laser cutting 2D sheets of fabric, then bonding them together with heat sensitive adhesive. Special sheets of conductive fabric can be included as needed to create electronic capabilities. The end product is soft, flexible, interactive objects. A Layered Fabric 3D Printer for Soft Interactive Objects – [youtube.com] We […]

Printing Liquid Metal

Flexible conductors printed on elastic materials is possible using a liquid metal nanoparticle filled ink. A new class of metallic nanoparticles is likely to spawn breakthroughs in fields such as: soft robotics, conformable electronics, wireless communications, micro/nanofluidics, wearable/implantable devices, and energy storage and transport systems. Inkjet-printed liquid metal could bring wearable tech, soft robotics – […]

Lightbulbs Are Becoming Obsolete

Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) can be used to create light emitting surfaces instead of lights that emit from a single point like bulbs. This makes the light more diffuse and more power efficient. Current OLED surfaces are made in panels or sheets, but eventually could be included in many surfaces in household items, like […]

From Samurai Swords to Smart Fabrics

Samurai swords were made in an elaborate, repetitive process that was ritualized to ensure the integrity of the methodology. A piece of iron was heated in a forge and folded and flattened many times to create layers of iron and carbon and iron oxide that were formed into swords with strength, flexibility and able to […]

New Skin

Eric Drexlers prophetic description of a spacesuit that acts like an adaptable skin is coming closer to reality. UMass Amherst Research Develops ‘Second Skin’ Military Fabric to Repel Chemical and Biological Agents – [umass.edu] Military uniforms of the future may offer a new layer of critical protection to wearers thanks to research by teams at […]

Germ Free Textiles

Making fabric products that are always germ free may be possible soon. New UGA technology makes textiles permanently germ-free – [uga.edu] A University researcher has invented a new technology that can inexpensively render medical linens and clothing, face masks, paper towels — and yes, even diapers, intimate apparel and athletic wear, including smelly socks — […]