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December 4, 2016


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2 Easy Ways to Hem Cut-offs Cut-offs don’t have to look sloppy, but you don’t want to spend a bunch of time sprucing them up, because come on–they’re cut-offs! Here are two quick and easy ways to hem cut-offs to tidy them up. Read more… SMART SUTURES Researchers at Tufts University are experimenting with smart thread sutures that could provide electronic feedback to recovering patients. The paper, entitled “A toolkit of thread-based microfluidics, sensors, and electronics for 3D tissue embedding for medical diagnosis”, is fairly academic, but does describe how threads can work as pH sensors, strain gauges, blood sugar monitors, temperature monitors, and more. Read more…
The Biometric Bra Is Now Commercially Available The OMbra is embedded with patent pending sensor technologies that measure vital biometrics, namely heart rate and breathing measurements. Wearable tech has long been driven by fitness applications which leverage vital biometrics. Read more… A New Shoe Design School Is Opening in Italy The school is headquartered in Parabiago, Italy, known as a mecca for shoe factories and design centers. Students will be instructed in sketching and conceptualizing, pattern making and sample making. In addition, there are visits to leather houses, heel factories and shoe accessory suppliers offering items such as buckles. Read more…
Minature Roving robots roam your clothes...Why? Once the technology is developed further, suggested applications for it include interactive clothing/jewellery, tactile feedback systems, and changeable modular displays such as name tags. The Rovables were recently described at the User Interface Software and Technology Symposium, and can be seen in action in a video below. Read more… Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feet Researchers chemically treated wood pulp nanofibers that flooring is made out of with two differently charged materials, so that when someone walks across the floor, these fibers then interact with one another, similar to static electricity. Read more…

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