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Student blogs from the School of Art & Design and the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

TechXLR8: The technology ‘that powers the connected future’

TechXLR8 at London’s Excel centre this week showed the range of developments that are happening in technology that can link to the internet of things. Companies working on hardware, software, plus augmented and virtual reality were there. The Advanced Textiles … Continue reading

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A carnival costume containing electronic yarn

Carnivals are being celebrated this year in the Advanced Textiles Research Group. A project is underway to make a carnival costume that incorporates electronic yarn. The yarn will contain tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and will be able to bend and … Continue reading

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Electronic gloves that protect workers from dangerous levels of vibration

Vibration sensors have been fitted into gloves in an Advanced Textiles Research Group Project run by Dr Theodore Hughes-Riley and Professor Tilak Dias. The gloves can alert wearers to excessive levels of vibration that could lead to health problems. More … Continue reading

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Appealing technology

Widespread takeup of new technologies can be achieved by making the new technology appeal to consumers. This applies to electronic textiles and to solar cells, which can be incorporated into decorative glazing with some careful design. An article about Dorothy Hardy’s … Continue reading

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Award-winning heating technology within knitted clothing

The Advanced Textiles Research Group’s development of heated textiles has led to an award-winning collaboration with H Stoll AG & Co. KG: experts in development of knitting technology. Heated mesh within a balaclava warms air to make breathing easier for athletes … Continue reading

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Clemens Thornquist talks about design

Professor Clemens Thornquist was the guest presenter at Nottingham Trent University’s CADBE conference yesterday. His ideas about the challenges to onward movement in design gave some innovative possibilities that could be used in development of electronic textiles. He showed new … Continue reading

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Fashion, ageing and the future

    Ania Sadkowska’s beautifully-crafted clothing explores the intersection of sociology, psychology and art and design practices. Her recent work: Fashioning Age: A phenomenological exploration of older men’s experience of fashion and clothing, shows how ordinary clothing can be transformed … Continue reading

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Mixing high-tech functionality with traditional good looks

Dark, square solar cells can look good in windows, but it took some research to find out how to make these materials that generate electricity fit into colourful, decorative glazing. Stained glass and other types of ornamental glazing brighten up … Continue reading

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Stretching and compressing advanced textiles

James King from Zwick/Roell visited last week to teach the Advanced Textile Research Group more about use of our tensile tester. That’s the machine on the right in the photo, set up to pull on a long, thin sample until … Continue reading

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Dr Ekael Mbise travels from cold to hot!

This week the group are wishing Dr Ekael Mbise happy travels as he leaves the Advanced Textile Research Group. Ekael’s work in Nottingham involved building a machine with adjacent hot and cold chambers so that he could assess moisture flow … Continue reading

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