Vital Threads Archive [2012 December] [12/28/12]
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Amoebas that feast on staph infections….

Marcin Filutowicz stumbled upon a potentially powerful biotherapy—using amoebas that feast on antibiotic-resistant bacteria to cure such ills as staph infections and diabetic ulcers. Antibiotics cannot kill MRSA, but amoebas eat MRSA like crazy.  Read on….\


Taiwan textile makers create high-tech niche

Always on watch for the next best product, a family textile business re-events themselves and now own 34 patents including one that blends coffee grounds into the polyester cloth to create an odor absorbing quality for athletic clothing.  Using coffee grounds recycle from local 7-Eleven store and Starbucks cafes counts Timberland and Hugo Boss brands as customers.  A thermal fleece supplier is looking to become partners with American fabric labs planning to visit North Carolina State University this month to buy a patent and check on the price of nearby land for a potential factory to supply fabric directly to the US.  His goal is to develop a new fabric similar to Gore-Tex. Innovation has no bounds, read more on where textiles are going.

Can we launder smart?

The rising cost of healthcare is driving innovation and textiles are in the discussion. Is the laundry processing industry ready to process this wearable technology? It is estimated that 70% of mobile phones and the majority of new laptops have Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. This technology will enable many new sensor-based devices to connect to the Internet via mobile phones. The use of sensor-based devices and other electronics is growing rapidly and it has been estimated that there will be around 300m sensor-based devices on the market…
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