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UMass Amherst
scientists invent a
sensing eye mask
Fabdesigns launches lightweight
3D-knit masks

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abdesigns Inc. has developed a new, lightweight (12 grams), double-layered,
3D-knit face mask under the brand name Malibu Knits. According to the
Agoura Hills, Calif.-based company, in a pandemic a mask needs to "enable
us to continue doing what we normally do," with proper fit and maximum
comfort. As the masks are produced on demand with 3D-knitting machinery,
there's no cutting and sewing, no seams and no post-production waste. The
performance yarns come from recycled plastic bottles and are the same as
those in many performance workout clothes made to handle heat and sweat.
Machine washable and reusable, they have soft, stretch ear loops and a pocket
to insert a filter. Photo: Fabdesigns Inc.

Collaboration creates antiviral jacket

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new jacket with a high-tech barrier is
designed to help wearers return to normal
life during the coronavirus pandemic while
being protected from contaminants. The
JUST5 jacket is the result of an initiative
among five companies, each contributing a
component: 2A-NYGUARD NYSHIELD
zippers are self-sanitizing, and Coats ProtectV
sewing thread adds antimicrobial and antiviral
properties to every stitch. HeiQ Viroblock
antimicrobial fabric technology was used
to treat the fabrics: Windtex® Vagotex, a
breathable, water-repellent and wind-resistant
material, and SITIP warp-knitted elastic fabric
for the extendable cuffs, which can be pulled
out to shield the hands when touching surfaces.
Photo: Coats.

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esearchers at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst have
developed a lightweight eye mask
that can capture pulse, eye movement
and sleep signals to provide valuable
help in sleep and psychosocial studies.
Typically, recording signals on or near the
face is challenging because of a natural
sensitivity most people feel. The team's
eye mask named Chesma integrates
electrodes into a lightweight foam mask
for recording signals more comfortably
and sending the data to the cloud for
processing. The mask contains five
silver thread-based hydrogel electrodes-
dubbed tAgTrodes-needed to translate
ion-based biological signals into an
electric current. The mask's reusable
and washable hydrogel component
distinguishes the tAgTrode from other
equivalents. The team's report has been
published in the journal Matter. Photo:
S. Zohreh Homayounfar.

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