Top 5 Textiles of the Future

Many designers are now integrating hi-tech fabrics, such as protective and impact-resistant textiles, or cellulose fabrics, with ground breaking results. Embracing new processes such as biomimicry, they bridge the gap between art, design, technology, and sustainability more than any other material. Over the last decade the textile industry has achieved a successful transformation toward developers, manufacturers and distributors of high value adding products for a very broad range of geographical and sectoral end markets. Fashion designers and engineers are collaborating to develop innovative “smart textiles,” or garments that merge fashion and technology. Here are the Top 5 textiles of the future:

• Two dresses that were created in the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y, were produced without any pigments or dyes. The colors were created by coating cotton fibers with nanoparticles and manipulating the way matter and light interacts between the particles.

• Abbey Liebman, a design student at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a dress made with conductive cotton that can charge an iPhone via solar panels.

• Researchers at the Textile Nanotechnology Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. are using nanoscience to create garments that can filter hazardous gases and industrial toxic chemicals.

• There is a new research in the merging between nanoscience and fashion design to color garments without using any dyes, and to add antibacterial properties to clothing. Designer Olivia Ong, created textiles colored with nanoparticles and are capable of killing 99.9999% of bacteria. These dresses were created at the Textile Nanotechnology Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

• Researchers have for the first time, developed a smart textile from carbon nanotube and spandex fibers that can both sense and move in response to a stimulus like a muscle or joint. Lead researcher Dr Javad Foroughi from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) explains that recent work allowed them to develop smart clothing that simultaneously monitors the wearer’s movements, senses strain, and adjusts the garment to support or correct the movement.

The world´s first 3D printed motorcycle

APWorks produces bionically optimized metal parts for a wide range of industries, from aerospace to automotive and robotics. Its newest creation is the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle and it’s called “Light Rider”. It has truly earned its name as a lightweight in its class, weighing in at just 35 kg and is propably the world’s lightest motorcycle prototype.

The Power to weight ratio equals that of a supercar. With a 6 kW electric motor powering it from zero to 80 km per hour in just seconds and a frame boasting a mere 6 kg, it is 30% lighter than conventionally manufactured e-motorcycles.
3D printing gives the geometrical freedom to realize such complex shapes. The motorcycle frame has been created out of thousands of thin layers in a metallic powder bed. Bionic algorithms define the organic frame structure using Altair’s OptiStruct. This aerospace approved approach gives the motorcycle superb stiffness and guarantees optimal use of material. Silent, emission free and powerful, it is powered by an electric motor, accelerating the motorcycle prototype with up to 130 Nm torques.
3D-printing technologies have revolutionized the design and manufacturing process not only in terms of structure and aesthetics, but also in impressive weight savings on parts and equipment when compared to those made using conventional manufacturing techniques. APWorks used an algorithm to develop the Light Rider’s optimized structure to keep weight at a minimum while ensuring the motorcycle’s frame was strong.
Each 3D-printed part of the Light Rider’s frame was produced using a selective 3D laser printing system that melts millions of aluminum alloy particles together. Consists of thousands of thin layers just 60 microns thick. They designed frame parts that were hollow instead of solid, which has allowed for integrated cables, pipes and screw-on points in the finalized motorcycle structure.
The whole frame is made out of Scalmalloy, which is a corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy that is virtually as strong as titanium. Specifically developed for ALM-based production, the material combines high strength with an extraordinary level of ductility, making it an especially interesting material to use for highly solicited parts in lightweight robotics, automotive and aerospace applications.

Como mantener el enfoque en tus metas

Todos en la vida tenemos un sueño por cumplir, bien sea a nivel estrictamente profesional o simplemente algún pensamiento de niños que se nos quedó forjado en la cabeza hasta la vida adulta. Muchas veces, para lograr tal preciado sueño, es necesario cumplir ciertas metas; si mi sueño de niño era convertirme en el mejor abogado, debo poner todo mi esfuerzo en ir a la universidad, estudiar, graduarme con las mejores calificaciones hasta finalmente conseguir el trabajo de mis sueños.

Sin embargo, no todo es tan sencillo, por más que deseemos algo con todo el corazón, a veces la vida nos coloca obstáculos que nos dificultan el proceso y, por tanto, nos desmotiva a seguir cumpliendo las metas, simplemente porque el muro se nos puso muy alto.

Entonces, ¿cómo podemos hacer para seguir motivados todos los días en cumplir esas pequeñas metas? Pues el secreto no solo está en la consistencia, aquí les dejamos una breve lista de recomendaciones:

Anota las metas. Al anotar todas y cada una de las cosas que debemos hacer, tendremos una mejor visión a mediano o a largo plazo de lo que queremos y qué debemos hacer para obtenerlo. No solo se trata de anotarlas en una libreta o un diario, podemos hacer una cartelera, colocar recordatorios en nuestros Smartphone: ¡seamos creativos! Un método divertido para lograrlo podría ser hacer un mapa del tesoro, buscar una cartulina o cartón, dibujando lo que debo hacer primero para pasar a la siguiente etapa y así sucesivamente, hasta llegar a la meta final. Recordemos que antes de correr, debemos empezar por gatear.
⦁ Compártelas. Integrar a la gente que más nos importa al decirles nuestros sueños más anhelados nos da una ráfaga de esperanza que nos mantiene motivados. Contarlo a nuestros padres, parejas y amigos más cercanos siempre nos da un apoyo moral incondicional que no se consigue en otro lado, puede que sea debido a los estrechos lazos que se mantienen con esas personas o la reciprocidad que se siente al contarles algo tan nuestro, que siempre logran subirnos los ánimos.
⦁ Coloca periodos de tiempo reales. Debemos trazarnos metas reales en tiempos y situaciones alcanzables que más adelante no nos traigan consigo solo frustración. Como fue indicado en el ejemplo anterior, para ser el mejor abogado, debo empezar yendo a la universidad; primero es lo primero. Tenemos que saber balancear ambición y realismo, ¡Roma no se construyó en un día! Ponernos objetivos inalcanzables sólo nos dejará agotados y frustrados.
⦁ Anota todo tu progreso. Cada vez que estemos más cerca del objetivo final, debemos anotar toda pequeña victoria. La situación en las que nos encontramos, financiera, emocional o institucional, juegan un rol importante en el tiempo que tome cumplir las metas, por ello, cada vez que estemos un paso más cerca, debemos festejarlo y darnos una palmadita en el hombro.
⦁ Descansa. Lo ideal no es cumplir todas nuestras metas y lograr nuestro sueño sin energías para disfrutarlo. Nos debemos tomar un tiempo, tener días libres, hacer yoga, meditar, etc. No debemos RESTRINGIRnOS demasiado, después de todo, del apuro solo queda el cansancio.
Lic. Marianna Fajardo / NEUVOO
Coordinadora de Alianzas Estratégicas para Argentina
marianna.fajardo@neuvoo.com

 

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5 Ways to Look Totally Chic at the Office

Let’s be honest, some people are just not into Mondays. maybe IT’S the routinE OR THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE TO WAKE UP EARLY. for women sometimes it becomes boring to pick out outfits everynight, have the perfect hair and look pretty at 5am or 7am. it really is a hard job to be a girl. However, for lots of women, the idea of flaunting a new purchase at the office can change this answer.

Fashion is something a most women live and breathe; it’s something that drives them and inspires them most days. Planning your outfit the night before or putting it together in the mornings can give you the boost you need to start and end –who doesn’t love getting the perfect day-to-night outfit ready for Friday– your week on a good note
. What are the basic rules to apply if you want to look très chic at the office every day without getting bored of your wardrobe? Office wear has never been easier! Just follow this expert advice and you’ll be the talk of the town among your co workers:
⦁ Going with a classic look –little black dress, neutral pantsuit, pencil skirt– will always be the safe choice for work wear. However, there are ways to spice up this look with a statement piece. Try wearing a fun and colorful accessory to go with your outfit: a bright pink purse or belt, a very dramatic –and big– necklace, a pair of fantastic metallic heels, a colorful blouse, or long and sparkly earrings. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit! It won’t hurt you to try new things.
⦁ If your job is more relaxed, you can always go for the casual business look, but be careful, casual is not to be confused with sloppy! The secret to this look is being able to look both comfortable and business-like at the same time. If you’re wearing jeans, always favor heels and a feminine blouse to go with it. A blazer and a great looking bag can also complete this look. You can also have some fun with accessories, but be careful not to overdo it, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree.
⦁ If your thing is fashion and you know how to mix up different styles, the careless chic look is for you. You might look a bit disheveled to the untrained eye, but you know you’re the queen of street fashion in the flesh. What characterizes this look is the clash of different styles: playing with shapes –wearing both oversized and fitted pieces– and mixing up masculine and feminine pieces with heels, boots, or oxfords.
⦁ The simple and feminine look is exactly what it sounds like, wearing simple and cute clothes to the office. Flowy skirts, thin belts, summer dresses, minimalistic accessories, cute flats, and flirty blouses are all a big part of this beautiful look. Neutral colors are always a must here, but don’t be afraid to use a leopard print or flower pattern with your gorgeous white flowy skirt once in a while.
⦁ If you’re more of a risk taker, the edgy look is for you. This style is more appropriate for women working creative jobs and whose office attire guidelines are less strict. However, a little bit of edge never hurt anyone, if it’s on a low-scale, you can probably get away with it. Play with your statement pieces and maybe wear more than one. Using leather, mixing different prints, bold lip colors, knee-high boots, and maybe even some transparencies are key to achieving this badass look.
Don’t be afraid to try these looks for the office and spicing up your work wardrobe! Remember you can always mix up your basic clothes with some statement pieces. Being creative and feeling great about yourself are the only two things that matter in the end. So what will you be wearing tomorrow to work?

Vanessa Fardi / NEUVOO
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DIGITAL ART, SENSU BRUSH

The world of art has forever sorrounded societies in history, but so has technology. The combination of these two has brought a whole new way of creating what we know as Digital Art. And this new Sensu Brush is the ultimate tools for digital artists, they made it posible to deliver an authentic painting experience on your tablet or smartphone.

How is this posible? Well, these genious engineers and artists developed many artist brushes during the years. Combined with advise from some of the best brush makers in the world, which are craftsmen who understand the subtle properties of hair taper, flexibility, and strength, they applied this knowledge to the creation of these unique tools.
For an artist the fact of creating is fulfilling and inspirational, they see beauty in diferent perspectives in life. While this hasn’t changed since Miguel Angelo or Leonardo Da vinci, technology has progressed and the challenge for many artists has been to integrate new methods in their art.
This unique pending design uses advanced hair technology that creates a spring and responsiveness that feels like real painting. the traditional shape of Solo’s handle is milled of solid aircraft-grade aluminum, lending just the right weight and balance.  It’s solid and just long enough to use like a pen.
After testing various metal and metallic fibers, traditional synthetic brush hair has been infused with conductive properties to help fine powder release from make-up brushes as they came in contact with skin. This synthetic hair became the perfect material for these delicate brushes.
ArtRage is an app that gives an incredible degree of control over the action of the tools and the Sensu brush takes advantage of the all of them, providing a rich and gratifying experience and an unprecedented degree of artistic control, it is an oil paint app. The watercolor look can be created with another app called Auryn Ink, you can also download Sketchbook Pro and Brushes.
You won’t regret it, while you sketch around your house carrying a tablet or sitting at your living room. Enjoy the beautiful combination of art and technology, include it in your daily life.