May 01, 2014 | by Tasha Keeney, ARK Analyst | DigitalMentioned Companies: ADS
Could clothing cut healthcare costs and save lives? Today, most “smart” wearable textiles, or e-textiles, exist only in laboratories, not on production floors. Manufacturing e-textiles has been difficult because the fabric must be washable and safe for skin contact. Adidas’ (ADS) Textronics group has met these challenges, creating fabrics for the first commercially available products, with promising applications for sports and healthcare.April 25, 2014 | by Tasha Keeney, ARK Analyst | Industrial
Google X (GOOG) recently confirmed they were working on creating a space elevator, a cable attached to a satellite that sits tens of thousands of miles above Earth. The elevator would be built out of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and require less energy than a spacecraft, reducing the cost of space travel. Unfortunately, the project was put on “deep freeze.” Google realized that current fabrication techniques limit CNT length to less than a meter.