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OVS can protect clothing from
counterfeiting and prove authenticity
N
itches Inc., a Las Vegas, Nevada-based designer and manufacturer of
high-end clothing and accessories, has created an Owner Verification
System (OVS). The OVS was developed to prove the authenticity of
Nitches' high-end, exclusive capsule collections that are created with
celebrities and influencers. Nitches' long-term plans are to make the system
available to other businesses that want to protect their merchandise from
counterfeiting in the near future. The OVS is in the patent application process.
Nitches sews a unique QR code into every item it manufactures. Buyers
can scan these codes with a mobile app to register their products with a
phone number or email address.
After a QR code is scanned, the OVS stores the information on a blockchain
to ensure the transaction is completely safe and secure. Blockchain, used by
cryptocurrency systems like Bitcoin, is a distributed, decentralized database
that stores data in blocks that are then linked together. Blockchain-based
metaverse environments will also allow Nitches to protect its NFTs (nonfungible
tokens) of its clothing items in the digital world, leading to increased
interactivity and more secure ownership.
A display of counterfeit shirts. Nitches hopes
its Owner Verification System will one day be
widely used to stem the flow of fake apparel.
Photo: David Shankbone
Coating for hospital fabrics and
activewear kills COVID and E. coli
R
Coated material undergoing antimicrobial
testing. Photo: University of British
Columbia by Taylor Wright
esearchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a coating
for almost any fabric that decreases the chances of spreading bacteria and
viruses. Their work was highlighted in a study published in the January
issue of American Chemical Society Applied Materials & Interfaces. The study
authors say the inexpensive, non-toxic coating decreases the infectivity of the
virus that causes COVID-19 by up to 90 percent.
" When you're walking into a hospital, you want to know that pillow you're
putting your head onto is clean, " says lead author Taylor Wright, a doctoral
student in the department of chemistry. " This coating could take a little bit of
the worry off frontline workers to have personal protection equipment with
antimicrobial properties. "
The coating can be used on almost any fabric, including cotton, polyester,
denim and silk.
Researchers soaked fabric in a solution of a bacteria-killing polymer that
contains a molecule that releases sterilizing forms of oxygen when light shines
on it. They then used an ultraviolet light to turn this solution into a solid, fixing
the coating on the fabric. " This coating has both passive and active antimicrobial
properties, killing microbes immediately upon contact, which is then amped up
when sunlight hits the cloth, " says senior author Dr. Michael Wolf.
The researchers say that the solution may one day be available to consumers
who can spray the solution on fabric themselves.
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