Entries by Daniel Life

New Knitting Technique Produces Electronic Smart Fabrics at Industrial Scales

New Knitting Technique Produces Electronic Smart Fabrics at Industrial Scales Meet the bike shorts of the future. Image: BluIz60/Shutterstock.com Australian scientists have developed a knitting technique capable of producing electrically-conductive Spandex-carbon nanotube hybrid textiles at industrial scales. As described earlier this month in a paper published in ACS Nano, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.6b04125 the stretchable fabrics “exhibit excellent […]

Carbon Nanotubes Could Provide the Military With Battery-Power in Textiles

Carbon Nanotubes Could Provide the Military With Battery-Power in Textiles The carbon fibers can be spooled into strong, conductive thread. Like spider silk, it is stretchy and strong. Credit: Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services Carbon nanotubes could lead to clothing that can double as a battery, a discovery that could be particularly useful for the […]

eTextile Wristband Controls Small Household Appliances

Video: Watch a simple fabric wristband control small household appliances [Image above] Credit: American Chemical Society, YouTube We have come quite a long way from the TV remote control. Technology has undoubtedly made our lives a lot easier in many respects. We’ve just about reached the point where we will be able to control nearly everything in our […]

Electrical Interconnect Applications for Carbon Nanotubes in Military Aerospace Systems

Flexible, lightweight, and versatile CNTs are becoming a valuable material in conductor applications for the military and a host of other markets. Carbon nanotubes are one of the most unique and interesting materials developed in the last decade. These products, widely known as CNTs, can be manufactured by various methods, but are most commonly made […]

Mil-Aero Industries Eye Carbon Nanotubes as They Target Cost Savings

Ultra-lightweight carbon nanotubes may replace copper wires. Today’s aerospace and aircraft industries focus on size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C), and cost is now often figured for program or operational life, which may total thousands of dollars per pound. This gives tremendous impetus and justification to accept high-cost new technology to obtain weight savings. Reducing F-35 by […]