Smarter thread

October 1st, 2016

Threads penetrate multiple layers of tissue to sample interstitial fluid and direct it to sensing threads that collect data, such as pH and glucose levels. Conductive threads then deliver the data to a flexible wireless transmitter sitting on top of the skin. Photo: Nano Lab, Tufts University. Tufts University engineers say that revolutionary health diagnostics...

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Get a grip

October 1st, 2016

A student team from NCSU helped to develop Gryppers, designed to replicate the tactile sensation of bare hands while providing a secure grip. Photos: NC State University. Traditional athletic gloves didn’t cut it for former North Carolina State University (NCSU) football players Jamelle Eugene and DaJuan Morgan. They wanted something that would provide the right grip,...

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Iconic canopy greets travelers

September 1st, 2016

An inverted canopy roof is the finishing touch to the new Rental Car Center at the San Diego International Airport. It welcomes travelers while providing protection from the elements. Photo: Birdair. The San Diego International Airport (SDIA) wanted to make life easier for travelers needing rental cars by providing a one-stop centralized hub that would...

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It’s cool to be square

September 1st, 2016

The AXION Cube’s sleek design offers a wow factor for exhibiting at events. Photo: AXION. Companies looking for a stand-out way to promote their product or message have attractive new options with the sleek new AXION Cube. The inflatable structure is symmetrical and streamlined, offering a tasteful backdrop to highlight an organization’s brand. With its...

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Vehicles for change

September 1st, 2016

Local artists in Mumbai create original designs for taxi interiors, turning the vehicles into story-telling mediums. Photo: Taxi Fabric. The signature form of transportation in Mumbai, India, is the iconic black and yellow taxi. Many drivers like to make their taxi stand out by decorating it with personalized touches. But designer Sanket Avlani noticed that...

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Follow the yellow fabric road

September 1st, 2016

Like all of Christo’s and Jeanne-Claude’s installations, The Floating Piers was an egalitarian project, free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting. It was funded entirely through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. Photo: Wolfgang Volz. Renowned fabric artist Christo has worked his magic again—this time on picturesque Lake Iseo in Northern...

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Furniture meshes with footwear

September 1st, 2016

The Cradle collection, designed by Layer for Moroso, uses a specially designed mesh, the density of which is irregular, resulting in varied lightness and transparency for a dynamic visual element. Photo: Layer. Could athletic footwear inspire furniture design? It did for Benjamin Hubert of the London, England-based experience design agency, Layer. Hubert likes to look...

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Flotation in style

September 1st, 2016

Portuguese textile company Damel has submitted patent applications in the U.S., European Union and Dubai for its auto-inflatable maritime clothing. Photo: Damel. People who spend time on the water, whether for work or play, need to take the right flotation protection with them in the event of an emergency. Damel, a Portuguese textile company that...

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Antique sewing machine museum attracts Expo attendees

August 1st, 2016

  Harry Berzack, president of The Fox Co., standing with his display of New England-type machines. The museum has probably the world’s best collection showing the variety of different versions of these machines. Photo courtesy of Heysemberg Uribe. One of the special attractions being offered to attendees at this year’s IFAI Expo in Charlotte, as...

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Space-themed fashion explores possibilities

August 1st, 2016

“Magma”garment designed by Katharina Sjördstrand, student at ESMOD Berlin. Photo: ©ESMODBerlin. To mark the 2014–2016 European Space Agency (ESA) mission to the International Space Station, European fashion schools from the astronauts’ home countries explored the future of fashion and all its technical possibilities. “Couture in Orbit” was a project of ESA and the Science Museum...

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