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APPAREL TRENDS 2018: What's New in Comfort Activewear? A Lot! by Kathlyn Swantko

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Comfort remains one of the most important qualities for today's consumers. Feeling comfortable can also make the wearer feel more confident and lead to better performance. For apparel design, one primary objective is the selection of functional fabrics that provide the best possible comfort level. The FabricLink Network reviews several new textile developments presented at the Outdoor Retailer+Snow Show 2018, that offer ideal solutions for wearable comfort in apparel, no matter what the weather condition.

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APPARE ARTICLE Innovation at ORSMTRENDS Take a look at some of the great innovations from the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market July 23-26 in Denver featured in the FabricLink Network's Innovation Watch. Read More.
vest Textile Exchange - Launches new micro site (aboutbiosynthetics.org) to demystify biosynthetics. In the future our clothes could be made from sugars, biomass and plant oils.
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WhatsnextAPPAREL Purdue researcher wants to use body heat to charge your wearables. Thermoelectric semiconductor strings woven into fabric or other surfaces that generate heat and convert that energy into electrical power. Read More.

APPAREL NEWS & VIEWS
Introducing the latest in textiles: Soft hardware Electronic devices in soft fabrics, potentially make it possible to produce clothing that communicates optically with other devices, with significant applications to the biomedical field. Read more…

IIT Madras develops biodegradable, super-absorbent polymer The new polymer’s water absorption capacity was about eight times compared to super-absorbing polymers used in commercial diapers. The team is working on similar biodegradable polymers as a substitute for polyurethane, polystyrene packaging materials. Read more…

McLaren Senna in US uses Nanobionic Technology in Car Seats The seats stimulate local blood flow, and increase energy, comfort and overall feeling of wellness for the driver and passengers. Nanobionic coating is applied to athletic apparel, bedding products, everyday apparel, footwear and military apparel. Read more…

Siren unveils new diabetic sock and foot monitoring system Siren Diabetic Socks continuously monitor foot temperature to detect signs of inflammation, the precursor to diabetic foot ulcers. Read more…

Twinery Challenges inventors to integrate intelligence into fabrics The Twinery Open Challenge is open to individual inventors, startups, established companies, academic teams and others who have product concepts from any industry that can be applied in the soft goods and fabric sector. Read more…

Solar supercapacitor could power future of wearable sensors The new supercapacitor uses layers of flexible, 3-dimensional porous foam formed from graphene and silver, capable of storing and releasing around three times more power than any similar flexible supercapacitor. Read more…

Southampton Univ working on e-textile against arthritis The research is exploring the use of e-textile technology as a therapeutic application enabling self-management of healthcare conditions to help people feel better and live longer. Read more…

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