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Electronics, Materials, Security, STEM

Hazardous environments such as disaster sites and conflict zones present many challenges for emergency response. But the new field of functional fabrics — materials modified to incorporate various sensors, connect to the internet, or serve multiple purposes, among other things — holds promise for novel solutions.

A three-day hackathon on campus...

Innovation, Design, Materials

A new nonprofit, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), will seek to speed the arrival of next-generation fabrics that can store energy, control their own temperature, change color and behave like computer sensors. MIT professor Yoel Fink, who is leading the effort, envisions the creation of an entire new industry: textiles for the 21st...

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The Boston Globe
Lightweight Materials, Materials

Researchers at a Cambridge lab hope so. They’re developing fibers that would be integrated into the smart sweater of Christmases yet to come, enabling what was once a simple garment to store electricity, change colors, gather data about your health, or even help an acquaintance recall your name at a crowded holiday party.

The lab, part of a public...

Textile World
Manufacturing

"What if?" It is the question where innovation begins, and few companies have asked it as often and answered it as well as DuPont™ and FilSpec USA.

A company-wide commitment to innovation is one reason why DuPont is a partner in the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a non-profit institute founded in 2016 as part of the U.S. government...

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Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS) at AFFOA
Education, STEM

AFFOA established a partnership between Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS), MIT – Edgerton Center, and AFFOA HQ to develop a technical high school curriculum in Advanced Functional Fabrics. The curriculum kicked off with a design and product challenge presented to GLTS students to create a product that utilizes AFF technology that solve...