Getting physical: The other smart textiles

May 1st, 2016

Directa Plus and Colmar have launched a line of sportswear using Graphene Plus. The lightweight smart fabric can be tailor-made for maximum comfort. The Graphene Plus technology disperses heat produced by the human body in warm conditions and preserves and distributes the heat evenly in cold conditions. Photo: Colmar. Nonelectronic fabrics can cool, warm and...

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Infinite possibilities

May 1st, 2016

The Infinity Canopy installed at the U.S. Navy Golf Course in Seal Beach, Calif., is comprised of nine rows of 24-foot-long canopies on a 35-foot-long cable. Photo: Infinity Canopy. Even though many options exist for outdoor canopies for residential and commercial use, Dr. Alan Shargani couldn’t find one that would work for his home. He...

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Soaking up the sun

May 1st, 2016

To customize the interior finished fabric of the house, RISD students sought technical guidance. Transformit staff showed the students how to create another two-fabric construction. The students tensioned each knitted panel around an internal frame with stretch fabric on the backside, and then mounted them closely to the house’s interior walls using hidden standoffs. Photos:...

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Military-grade comfort

May 1st, 2016

Muzzle Brake Blouse and Pants are highly permeable and dry quickly for comfort in hot and tropical environments. Photos: Outdoor Research. In hot, humid weather most people want to wear light, breezy clothing. If you’re in the military, however, the clothing option is limited to the uniform you’re issued. Outdoor Research, a Seattle, Wash.-based designer...

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Fit to print

May 1st, 2016

The 2016 Epson Digital Couture event showcased designs and vibrant colors created with dye-sublimation technology. Models show off dresses from designer Danny Santiago’s “Santika” collection. Photos: Epson America Inc. Epson America Inc., Long Beach, Calif., revealed the creative potential of its SureColor® F-Series dye-sublimation printing solutions at the Epson Digital Couture event in New York...

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Exam rooms to go

May 1st, 2016

The medical privacy tent sits on the Alabama sideline inside Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game with LSU. Photo: Jeff Hanson, University of Alabama When an athlete is injured on the field, it’s critical that medical professionals evaluate him or her right away. At a football game or other arena sport, distractions and confusion can inhibit...

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To the rescue

May 1st, 2016

The minimalist LaPure consists of a sun and water protection screen roof resting on discrete aluminum columns, fitted into an existing façade. The roof can be opened or closed. Available with water drainage, even when half open; or with a roof overhang that juts out past the columns for optimum shade. A coupled version of...

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Self-cleaning skins

May 1st, 2016

NanoSeptic self-cleaning products stay clean 24/7 without the use of harmful chemicals, keeping public areas cleaner and safer. Photo: NanoTouch® Materials LLC. The Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has a strong commitment to sustainability. Located on First Nations land, the center received BEST® certification by the Building Owners and Managers Association of...

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Urban shade, on the move

May 1st, 2016

The mobile People’s Canopy not only defines an event—it becomes an event in itself. Photos: ICP Imagine a massive bright red, two-story canopy heading toward you on multiple bicycles. Sound like something out of the movies? Well, it’s no fantasy. Called the People’s Canopy, the structure was commissioned by the city of Preston in the...

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Smart Fabrics Summit draws key industry participants

May 1st, 2016

The final panel at the Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C., included (from left) David Lauren, Ralph Lauren Corp.; Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Mary Hennessy, IFAI; and Joshua Walden, Intel Corp. Photo: Kaveh Sardari/IFAI. Government and industry players gathered in Washington, D.C., April 11 to discuss the “nascent smart fabrics market,” as described...

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