The predictive power of social media data in fashion forecasting

Fashion and social media are both ever evolving. So why not put the two together? New research in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management says utilizing social media to predict sales of apparel and footwear items based on social media posts and interactions about color is possible and successful. “We partner with three multinational retailers—two apparel Read more about The predictive power of social media data in fashion forecasting[…]

Researchers Breed Naturally Flame-Resistant Cotton

Chemical flame retardants can make us safer by preventing or slowing fires, but they’re linked to a range of unsettling health effects. To get around that concern, researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have bred a new population of cotton that can self-extinguish after encountering a flame. The team of scientists from the USDA’s Read more about Researchers Breed Naturally Flame-Resistant Cotton[…]

Harvard created a wool-like 3D-printable material that can shape shift

The team, from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), created a 3D-printable material that can be “pre-programmed with reversible shape memory.” The wool-like material can remember old forms and morph back into those, or transform into different shapes when a certain stimulus is applied. It’s made using keratin extracted from Read more about Harvard created a wool-like 3D-printable material that can shape shift[…]

Romper suit to protect against sudden infant death

Breathing sensors built into romper suits could help prevent sudden cot deaths in the future. The basis for this is a stretchable printed circuit board that fits to the contours of the body and can be manufactured using routine industrial processes. Read more at: Romper suit to protect against sudden infant death.

Airhead – stop helmet hair

‘Hemet hair’ is a condition caused by high humidity ironing of the hair under a compressive helmet. The Airhead increases air ventilation to reduce perspiration while creating air space for the hair. The Airhead is easy to fit, anti-static, anti-bacterial and non-allergenic. The new Airhead comes in many different colours and styles to suit your Read more about Airhead – stop helmet hair[…]

Computer Engineer Barbie

Yup, it finally happened, Barbie® I Can Be…™ dolls and accessories empower girls to play out different roles and “try on” fabulous careers, including computer engineer, the first Barbie® profession chosen by popular vote! Always a reflection of the times, this digital diva engineers the perfect geek-chic look, with hot pink accessories and sleek gadgets Read more about Computer Engineer Barbie[…]