‘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 | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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

10 things that make trendy brands ‘cool’

How do brands build a "cool" image? What makes cool brands fall off? New research identifies the 10 factors that matter most.

Greta Guest-Michigan | July 21, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business clothing consumers emotions marketing trends

Two things raise women’s risk of vulvodynia

Vulvodynia, or chronic, debilitating vulvar pain, affects an estimated 16 percent of women over their lifetimes. New research identifies risk factors.

Boston University | July 15, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine clothing genitals hair pain

Ozone and your skin oils mix to create ‘Pig-Pen effect’

"Some people call this higher concentration of pollutants around the human body the personal cloud... we call it the 'Pig-Pen Effect.'"

Matt Swayne-Penn State | June 27, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine air-quality clothing ozone pollution skin

Hashtags are a potential tool for fashion designers

#ParisFashionWeek and other hashtags reveal how people are talking about fashion trends. Designers should listen, say researchers.

Sheena Rice-Missouri | March 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business celebrities clothing fashion social-media trends twitter

‘Tags’ let your phone spot counterfeit stuff

A new system uses chemical tags and a phone to check if products, whether clothing or medications, are the real thing.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen | Feb. 21, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business clothing consumers crimes medications

Listen: ‘Active matter’ could give robots and clothes more life

Find out what "active matter" can do in just a few minutes.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis | Jan. 30, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology clothing materials-science physics robots

Cheap clothes come at a high environmental cost

"The disproportionate environmental and social impacts of fast fashion warrant its classification as an issue of global environmental injustice."

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL | Jan. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment clothing consumers pollution sustainability

Battery-free tags let you control games with your clothes

Tech that tracks your movements could let you control video game avatars with your clothes. It could even replace other wearables like FitBit.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Dec. 19, 2018 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology avatars clothing computers gaming virtual-reality wearable-devices

Clothing patch is like a personal heating system

A new flexible patch sewn into your clothes could one day keep you warm—and lower your electricity bill at the same time.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Dec. 14, 2018 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology clothing sustainability temperature

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