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[ BRIEFS ]
breakthroughs
Innovations in advanced textiles
Extracting water from thin air
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TOP: A sample of the new gel film, which can pull
huge amounts of drinking water out of thin air.
BOTTOM LEFT: The gel film can be cut and
molded into whatever shape is needed.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The test device, working to
produce drinking water from thin air.
Photos: University of Texas at Austin
esearchers at the University of Texas at Austin
have demonstrated a low-cost gel film that can
pull many liters of water per day out of even
very dry air.
The gel is made up of two main ingredients that are
cheap and common-cellulose, which comes from the
cell walls of plants, and konjac gum, a widely used food
additive. Those two components work together to make
a gel film that can absorb water from the air and then
release it on demand, without requiring much energy.
First, the porous structure of the gum attracts water
to condense out of the air around it. The cellulose,
meanwhile, is designed to respond to a gentle heat by
turning hydrophobic, releasing the captured water.
Making the gel is also fairly simple, the team says.
The basic ingredients are mixed together then poured
into a mold, where it sets in two minutes. After that it's
freeze-dried, then peeled out of the mold and ready to
get to work. The researchers say it can be made into
almost any shape needed and can be scaled up fairly
easily and at low cost.
Reebok introduces its first adaptive shoes
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eebok has teamed up with Zappos Adaptive to launch a sneaker collection
specifically designed to empower people with disabilities. Named 'Fit
to Fit', the adaptive footwear is envisioned for functionality and inclusivity
without compromising on style. There are two sneaker models in the
collection: the Nanoflex Parafit TR for sports activities and the Club MEMT
Parafit tennis shoe. All shoes feature a medial zip closure in addition to laces,
so that users can easily pull the shoes on and off. There are also pull tabs on
the heels and the zipper. Both models can be bought as a single shoe or in a
pair. The Club MEMT also offers an extra 4E for wider foot support, a low-cut
design for easy mobility and a removable sock liner for a custom fit.
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