‘Smart’ fabric boosts wearable device signals to save power

New 'smart' textiles in clothing can boost the signal of wearable devices by 1,000 times, which cuts power consumption and improves security.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: internet-of-things sensors mobile-devices metamaterials featured science-and-technology clothing wearable-devices

Simple device ‘turns up the volume’ of MRI images

Can a small ringlike structure made of plastic and copper amplify the already powerful imaging capabilities of the MRI machine?

Boston University • futurity
June 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: metamaterials health-and-medicine imaging-technology

‘Origami’ metamaterial softens impact forces

Landing is stressful on a rocket's legs because they must handle the force of the impact with the landing pad. A new origami metamaterial could help.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
June 4, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: metamaterials featured science-and-technology origami plane

Morphing origami could lead to better concert halls and drones

A new origami that morphs from one pattern to another could improve acoustics in concert halls and crash protection systems for flying drones.

Josh Brown-Georgia Tech • futurity
April 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: drones self-assembly metamaterials science-and-technology acoustics

Heat turns 4D-printed materials from solid to spongy

A new 4D-printed material could lead to morphing airplane wings, soft robots, and better medical implants.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 24, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: materials-science temperature metamaterials science-and-technology

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