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LEDs and fiber optics as part of fashion

Electronic textiles, also known as smart garmentssmart clothingsmart textiles, or smart fabrics, are #fabrics that enable #digital #components such as a #battery and a light (including small computers), and #electronics to be #embedded in them. Smart #textiles are fabrics that have been developed with new #technologies that provide added value to the wearer. Pailes-Friedman of the Pratt Institute states that “what makes smart fabrics revolutionary is that they have the ability to do many things that traditional fabrics cannot, including communicate, transform, conduct energy and even grow”

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Scotch tape finds new use as grasping ‘smart material’

 

#Scotch tape, a versatile #household #staple and a mainstay of #holiday gift-wrapping, may have a new #scientific #application as a #shape-changing “smart material.”

#Researchers used a laser to form slender half-centimeter-long fingers out of the tape. When exposed to #water, the four wispy fingers morph into a tiny #robotic #claw that captures water droplets.

The #innovation could be used to collect #water samples for #environmental testing, said Babak Ziaie, a Purdue University professor of electrical and computer engineering and #biomedical #engineering.

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MW Design uses smart materials to generate a futuristic retail experience for Debrand

MW #Design #calls all sci-fi lovers to #fashion retailer Debrand in the Ximending district of #Taipei, #Taiwan. Embedded with #electric-blue #lighting, an archway resembling the brand’s #logo creates a #futuristic entrance, while an #illuminated grid-like formation covers the #ceiling. Both #elements encourage customers to indulge in the #fantasy of boarding a #spaceship.

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What is your take on smart materials?

#Smart materials are important now and will be increasingly important for the future. As we develop more ways of #sensing and continue to investigate the #application of #different #materials in the development of new types of #sensors, #new ways of #recording and #acting upon #external #forces and #stimuli, such as #load, #force, #velocity, #temperature, and so on, will become possible.

Beyond this, the next step to getting #smart is to make use of #data and consider it a valuable #resource. We need to understand this data and #transform it into #knowledge. From the knowledge, we can make #smarter decisions and improve how we act and design new products. The data gives us knowledge on how our #tools or #products are being used each day which enables us to #optimise it. This is important to say predictive #maintenance, whereby, maintenance can be scheduled based on real-time feedback from a #product or #system, ultimately extending the product/systems lifetime.

 Dr. Tim Hosenfeldt believes smart materials will be increasingly important for the future.

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Smart Robots Are the Secret to Spaceflight’s Future

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A spacecraft, spinning in Earth’s orbit, reaches inside itself. One of its four arms pulls out a length of polymer pipe that has been 3D-printed inside the body of the machines. All four of the spacecraft’s arms are securing pieces together as it builds a new space station right there in orbit.

This surreal project, called Archinaut, is the future vision of space manufacturing company Made In Space. The company promises a future of large imaging arrays, kilometer-scale communications tools, and big space stations all built off-planet by smart robots.

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NEW MATERIALS FOR 3D & 4D PRINTING.

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4D printing is a term increasingly popular with enterprises seeking to describe how a 3D print can change its form over time.

This project will focus on unique and dynamic polymers, like vitrimers that demonstrate unusual properties such as self-healing, to lead to new science-based applications with additive manufacturing.

With properties such as tunable or high elasticity, responsiveness to magnetic fields and structural reversibility, smart materials have helped produce the world’s most stretchable 3D printed elastomer, as well as a shrinkable smart ink that enables objects to change size and colour through a reaction to external stimulus.

Going a step further, 4D printing is an emerging technology that allows a 3D printed object to transform. Previous research that produced a shapeshifting chess piece made and a self-folding 3D printed tulip have shown the potential for applications in medicine and consumer products.

 

 

 

 

 

The secret behind Spaceflight’s Future is the Smart Robots

 

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The #future might lie in #building #space #stations in #orbit by #smart #robots, but there are numerous other proofs how these #automation and #intelligent #robots have become critical for the #future of #spaceflight. The business launch station of the nation in #California and #Florida have been #expecting a #considerable #increase in #launches as many #communication #companies are lofting #constellation of #smaller #satellites and new gen air-launched #rockets and #space #planes are coming of age.

 

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Carbon fibres from ‘green’ precursors and optimized processes

The design of composite structures, especially those using carbon fibres, has enabled engineers to push the boundaries of production towards materials with vastly improved properties and at reduced cost Yet, after more than five decades of research and the establishment of a growing industry manufacturing a multitude of applications, there is a need for new green precursors (the raw materials used to make the fibres), which can offer an alternative to the current industry standard of petroleum

 

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