Researchers invent super-elastic conducting fibers to make artificial muscles, sensors, and capacitors

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A University of Texas at Dallas research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length and whose electrical conductivity increases 200-fold when stretched.

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MIT researchers reveal an interface that allows us to plug our brain into a computer

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MIT senior, Christina Tringides, holds a sample of the multifunction fiber.

MIT researchers reveal an interface that could make plugging our brain into a computer a reality. Their system uses new fibers less than a width of a hair that could deliver optical signals and drugs directly into the brain, along with electrical readouts to continuously monitor the effects of the various inputs.

 

 

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Heated farbric using carbon nanotube coated fibers

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Kuraray Living and  Hokkaido University have been working together to create a soft washable fabric woven with carbon nanotube coated fibers that produces heat when electricity is applied. So when it’s perfected, your electric blanket could get a lot less bulky.

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Artificial skin spun from spider silk

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Spider silk could be an ideal answer for helping heal wounds.

Researchers may have found a better alternative for providing skin grafts to wounds.  It turns out that spider silk is legendary for its strength, as well as its possible healing properties. Tissue engineer Hanna Wendt at Medical School Hannover in Germany honed in on this and found that by creating an artificial skin spun from spider silk, we could have an ideal answer for helping heal wounds.

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Nano-Fabrics and Nano-Coatings in the Future

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Nano-Netting – Super strong nano fibers so small they are invisible
to the human eye, giving the illusion of being suspended in air

Futurist Thomas Frey:  Imagine walking into a store in the future, a store whose business is comprised solely of applying coatings to your clothing. All of the coatings will be invisible to the human eye.

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Nylgold – Special Fabric Woven with 24 Carat Gold Nanoparticles that Slow Skin Aging

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Nylstar, specialist in polyamide 6.6 fibers and yarns for more than 80 years, has lately introduced a new luxury fiber called Nylgold, which they say is going to represent a new era in textiles – the era of dermawear. The Nylgold luxury fiber features 24-carat gold nanostructures, and offers permanent and effective care of the skin. It was launched at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics held in October at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China. Raul Gonzalez, head of marketing and international strategic development at Nylstar, said… (Video)

 

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Future of Fashion – Spray-On Clothes

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A new liquid mixture will allow people to literally spray clothes onto their body. Once the mixture hits your body, it turns into a thin layer of fabric that can be peeled off, washed, and re-worn. Unfortunately, it’s also skintight.

 

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MIT Developing Fabric That Works Like A Camera

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New technologies are being continuously developed to keep soldiers safe at the war front. With an imagination to see how best to equip the soldier of tomorrow, MIT researchers have developed light-detecting fibers that can be weaved into a web. Once weaved, these fibers work as a flexible camera. The fabric made from these fibers can be connected to a computer, which will display information on a small screen attached to a visor. Thus, a soldier will get to know of the different movements in his surroundings. While the research team said that such applications are far from real for now, the work to develop fabrics capable of capturing images is in full swing. The new fibers measure less than a millimeter in diameter and are made of layers of light-detecting materials nested.

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