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Technology of the day - Bend Sensor



This simple sensor detects how much it is being bent. Its simplicity makes it versatile; it can be used to detect vibration, humidity, motion, impact, and air flow. For example, sew it into the arm of a stuffed animal to respond when a child moves the arm, or place it inside the tube of a medical device to monitor the velocity of air through the tube (the faster the air, the more the sensor will bend).

New Material of the day - Resistant Carbon Fiber Fabric



Resistant Carbon Fiber Fabric is composed of 87% polyester and 13% gray resistant carbon fibers, which are woven right into the fabric in an attractive diamond pattern.

This material provides surface resistivity of 10 5 Ohms per square. This fabric is very comfortable, weighing only 3 oz per square yard. It cuts, sews, and washes like any polyester fabric. Conductivity will hold up to 50 or more low heat washings.

New Material of the day - Conductive Velcro



This is a hook and loop mechanism (commonly also known as conductive Velcro®) that conducts electricity. You can see in the picture (on the photo of the sample), the electricity is running through the two pieces stuck together and lighting the bulb. It is manufactured by woven nylon tape impregnated with silver.

Material of the day - Soft-Feeling Conductive Textiles



The two pieces of fabric pictured in the sample look and feel just like regular fabric, but they have a special coating that conducts electricity. This coating can be applied to any fabric, and has virtually no effect on the fabric’s strength, feel, flexibility, and (for certain formulations) color. You could never tell this fabric had any special coating just by feeling it.

New Material of the day - Conductive Velcro



This is a hook and loop mechanism (commonly also known as conductive Velcro®) that conducts electricity. You can see in the picture (on the photo of the sample), the electricity is running through the two pieces stuck together and lighting the bulb. It is manufactured by woven nylon tape impregnated with silver.

This fastener is perfect to integrate into smart fabrics and other soft-goods products (clothes, stuffed animals, back packs) where you want to incorporate a soft switch. For example, your backpack could set off an alarm if someone opened the flap to get at the contents inside; or your winter jacket could turn on its built in heater when you closed the flap in front.

Cool technology of the day - Skin Conductive Switch



We've tried these out with 10 people holding hands in a circle. When one person let's go the switch trips.