Researchers to Develop Sensing Fabrics for Monitoring Civil Infrastructures

A team of UMass Lowell researchers has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures across the country, including buildings and skyscrapers, roadways, bridges, tunnels, railway tracks, dams and pipelines.

Researchers to Develop Sensing Fabrics for Monitoring Civil Infrastructures

Back to school special Members of MIT’s class of 2021 get a free backpack — and a glimpse at the future of “smart” fabrics.

As part of this year’s freshman orientation at MIT, new students encountered the typical lineup of takeaways: booklets and brochures, a list of 101 things to do before they graduate, lots of T-shirts, pens, etc. For the first time, however, they were also given a completely new version of the old campus staple: the backpack.

Back to school special : Members of MIT’s class of 2021 get a free backpack — and a glimpse at the future of “smart” fabrics

MIT Freshmen Receive AFFOA-Devleoped Smart Backpacks

Members of the Class of 2021 received a surprise gift upon checking in to MIT — a backpack that, when scanned with a smartphone, can display the profile its wearer uploaded. The fiber technology used in the backpack was developed for mass production earlier this year by MIT-based Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a consortium of companies, universities, research organizations, and non-profits dedicated to fiber and textile innovation.

MIT Freshmen Receive AFFOA-Devleoped Smart Backpacks

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started: Jerry Wilmink, CEO of WiseWear

The inspiration for WiseWear was my grandfather Dominic Cameratta. He suffered from a condition called Lewy Body Dementia, which is a cross between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. His symptoms included memory issues and changes in gait and balance issues.

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started: Jerry Wilmink, CEO of WiseWear