Protecting soldiers from harmful air pollutants with smart textiles

More and more ideas, theories and prototypes in smart textiles are finding their way towards practical applications. U.S. Representative Carol-Shea Porter, D-New Hampshire, recently visited family-owned company Cocoon to talk about a new manufactured textile that could protect soldiers from harmful air pollutants, writes the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Based on a Cocoon created fabric that is already in use, the new fabric for military protection filters out pollutants such as sand and smoke from the air that soldiers breathe and is also anti-microbial and hydrophobic, repelling water and unable to freeze. The new Cocoon fabric is currently undergoing testing at an army textile development facility in Natick, Massachusetts. Owner Leo Crotty said he has spent tim in the field with his clients, including members of the military, to see what their needs are, and it was on such trips to Balad, Iraq and Afghanistan that he realized the magnitude of the sand as an air pollutant problem. The company is about to send 100 products into the field for further testing and feedback of the end-users. Read more