CoolVisions® Dyeable Polypropylene

July 3, 2015 Leave a comment

What are the benefits of CoolVisions®?

  • CoolVisions® has better chemical and stain resistance when compared to other fibers.
  • The fiber is much lighter providing better coverage with less garment weight and fiber content.
  • CoolVisions® has excellent thermal insulation properties.
  • Moisture management polyesters have engineered “channels” to transport moisture. To avoid the “blocking” of these channels, garments should not be laundered with fabric softeners or dryer sheets. CoolVisions® does not require channels for moisture management and is not affected by fabric softeners.

What are the advantages of CoolVisions® dyeable polypropylene fibers vs. solution dyed polypropylene?

  • A wider range of colors including seasonal fashion colors are now available without having to purchase the large minimums required for specialty colors in solution dyed product.
  • Dyeable greige goods will facilitate significant improvement in production times and speed to market.
  • The cost associated with inventory for low volume, slow moving and obsolete solution dyed colors is eliminated.

What are the laundering specifics?

Machine wash cold. CoolVisions® dries very quickly. Lay flat to dry or tumble dry on low permanent press cycle. Use cool iron if needed. Do not dry clean.

What types of CoolVisions® products / yarns are available?

Staple fiber for ring spinning is currently available. Development activities are underway on air jet yarn spinning and filament products.

Can CoolVisions® be modified to provide other performance features?

Performance enhancements such as anti-microbial properties are being investigated.

Do you have to invest in special equipment to spin, knit, weave or dye and finish CoolVisions®?

No. CoolVisions® processes efficiently on equipment currently in place in the textile industry.

What special processing considerations are necessary for CoolVisions®?

The yarn spinning, knitting and weaving procedures for CoolVisions® are done in a similar manner to current pigmented polypropylene products. The dyeing procedure mirrors the same steps used for disperse dyeing polyester. Lower temperatures can be used for dyeing and are required for the finishing process.

Is CoolVisions® bleach cleanable like solution dyed polypropylene?


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Mikme, The World’s First Wireless Recording Microphone

July 1, 2015 Leave a comment
One-button audio recording in studio-quality. For musicians, filmmakers, bloggers and skypers.
Philipp Sonnleitner 7/30/15

With Mikme,nothing will stop
your creative flow.

Mikme is the world’s first fully wireless recording microphone that captures your audio at the push of a button. Equipped with a gold-plated condenser capsule, you’ll get nothing short of studio-grade sound.

Just tap Mikme, start recording on its built-in audio recorder, then send your music—via Bluetooth—to the Mikme mobile app for editing, tweaking, adjusting and sharing.

And it looks great, too!

What the Press Says

Mikme is a wireless microphone and audio recorder like no other
by Devindra Hardawar – Engadget​​

“…it could be incredibly useful to musicians who want to record their work on the go, or for journalists and podcasters who need something more capable than their iPhone’s microphone.”

​”…when Mikme played back a variety of recordings, ranging from interviews to music, I was impressed.​”​

“Audio can be baffling, challenging and expensive. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, you end up with sound that is akin to hearing a conversation through a tin can in a Miami club. “Good” audio equipment is expensive and doesn’t guarantee results. Well, that was the case until Mikme. I spent some time with the attractive little box and its creator, Philipp Sonnleitner, and have seen (or rather, heard) what it is capable of… and I was impressed.​”​

What Musicians Say

Capture Every Detail
from Every Sound

Whether you’re a musician. filmmaker, podcaster, student, skyper or lover of sound, Mikme is designed to capture it all.

Great for songwriting, composing, interviews, sampling, rehearsals, skyping, video, multi-track audio and more. If there’s a sound you want to capture, Mikme’s got your back.

Stretch Goals

1. Stretch Goal – Mikme Snow White – $80.000 – UNLOCKED

Every supporter will be able to choose between 2 colors Jet Black and Snow White. We will send out a customer survey at the end of the campaign where you can choose your color. No extra costs.

2. Stretch Goal – Double Storage – $180.000 – UNLOCKED

All supporters will automatically be upgraded to 16GB of onboard storage, instead of the standard 8GB. This will give you up to 360 hours of MP4 audio (instead of 180), or up to 32 hours of raw WAV audio (instead of 16). No extra costs.

This is an audio recording made with iPhone 6 and Mikme Microphone. We are switching between iPhone 6 internal microphone and the Mikme Microphone back and forth. Video was shot on an iPhone 6.

These are unedited samples recorded with Mikme.

Click to listen to more samples!

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California residents cut water use by hefty 29% in May, officials say

July 1, 2015 Leave a comment

A sprinkler at an apartment on Sherman Way soaks the grass and the sidewalks. Officials said residential water use in California dropped by a hefty 29% in May. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)


By MONTE MORIN contact the reporter

California water board finds encouragement in May water conservation figures
‘Keep it up’ water board head tells California residents after reporting improved conservation efforts
Residential water use in California dropped by a hefty 29% in May, according to figures released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Downtown L.A.’s four-year rain total lowest ever recorded

The drop in usage was the biggest monthly decline yet reported since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25% cut in urban water use on April 1 due to severe drought conditions.

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“The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought,” said State Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus, in a prepared statement.

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“That said, we need all Californians to step up — and keep it up — as if we don’t know when it will rain and snow again, because we don’t. If the drought continues beyond this year, we’ll all be glad we did.”

We Californians are good at conservation when push comes to shove. We proved it with the phony energy crisis in the early 2000’s and we’re proving it again with water this time. Way to go!
AT 12:42 PM JULY 01, 2015

Monthly residential water savings were 28.9% in May, compared with May 2013. That is a significant increase from the 13.6% water savings in April, compared to April 2013, the water board said.

The water board’s plan, approved in March, assigns conservation targets to each of the state’s water suppliers and requires cuts in consumption ranging from 8% to 36% compared with 2013 levels. The targets, based on residential per capita use in July, August and September of 2014, require cities and water districts with the lowest consumption during that period to cut the least. Heavy users must cut the most.
The State Water Board can issue cease-and-desist orders to water suppliers for failure to meet conservation targets. Water agencies that violate those orders are subject to fines of up to $10,000 a day.

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July 1, 2015 Leave a comment


His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, Chairman of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation When I chaired the Second World Water Forum in The Hague in 2000, I set out a simple mission: to make water everyone’s business. I am therefore gratified that the 2030 Water Resources Group—a consortium of mostly private companies from several important sectors of the world economy—has made it their business to put together this report. And indeed, the report’s central message is that any strategy to achieve water resource security must be a joint effort—integrated with broader economic decision-making—by governments, investors, NGOs, and water users in agriculture, industry and cities. The picture shown by the report is certainly sobering: The ever-expanding water demand of the world’s growing population and economy, combined with the impacts of climate change, are already making water scarcity a reality in many parts of the world—and with it we are witnessing severe damage to livelihoods, human health, and ecosystems. In just 20 years, this report shows, demand for water will be 40 percent higher than it is today, and more than 50 percent higher in the most rapidly developing countries. Historic rates of supply expansion and efficiency improvement will close only a fraction of this gap. Unless local, national and global communities come together and dramatically improve the way we envision and manage water, there will be many more hungry villages and degraded environments—and economic development itself will be put at risk in many countries. Encouragingly, though, the report also finds that the future “water gap” can be closed. Even in rapidly developing, water-scarce countries, there is a set of measures—to boost efficiency, augment supply, or lessen the water-intensity of the economy—that in principle could meet human and environmental water needs at affordable cost. The report shows how “crop per drop” can be increased dramatically in agriculture, which today consumes 70 percent of the world’s water. This has also been the message the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation has kept on conveying to decision-makers: that water requires more political attention and strategic thinking. What this report provides, however, is a toolkit that stakeholders can use to compare the impact, cost and achievability of a range of different measures and technologies, so providing the fact base needed to underpin solutions. Foreword iv v Economic frameworks to inform decision-making If water is to be everyone’s business, then stakeholders will need to come together in water-scarce countries to make some difficult trade-offs on the road to water resource security. Some solutions may require potentially unpopular policy changes and the adoption of water-saving techniques and technologies by millions of farmers. The conversation needed amongst stakeholders, then, is about a country’s economic and social priorities, what water will be needed to meet those priorities, and which difficult challenges are worth tackling to deliver or free up that water. This report’s contribution is to create a common economic language which all stakeholders can use in participating in that conversation. Of course, this report will have failed if it sparks no more than conversation. The fact base, frameworks and insights presented here must galvanize action. I therefore urge stakeholders in every country to apply the tools in this report to their own water challenges, bringing policymakers together with the private and social sectors to identify and implement solutions to use our most precious resource much more wisely and effectively. v HRH The Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander Chairman of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation

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Traditional retailers crush ecommerce giants in omnichannel shopping

July 1, 2015 Leave a comment

mobile commerce daily


July 1, 2015

Omnichannel shopping gives traditional retailers a boost

Ecommerce retailers such as Amazon and eBay are doubling down on mobile-driven omnichannel shopping experiences, but struggle to deliver the same level of convenience that traditional retailers can harness and which smartphone-equipped shoppers are demanding.

For years, traditional retailers took a drubbing at the hands of ecommerce pure-plays as online shopping grew, providing efficiencies that helped keep prices low. However, with the growth in mobile, the scales are evening out – and even tipping back in favor of retailers – as shopper interest grows in being able to shop anywhere, anytime, from a device of choice.

“Omnichannel shopping experiences help retailers win over ecommerce pure-plays, and we’re already seeing it,” said Jason Goldberg, group vice president of commerce strategy at Razorfish. “Nordstrom, Walmart and many others are now growing their ecommerce businesses faster than Amazon.

“Pure-plays are clearly losing market share in the U.S., which is a primary reason that the majority of formerly pure-play retailers are transforming to omnichannel,” he said. “Even Amazon is likely to evolve, and five years from now I doubt there will be such a thing as an exclusively online, home delivery retailer.”

Flash sale trucks
Ecommerce retailers continue to look for ways to gain a physical foothold. For example, Amazon and eBay both recently made a push into flash sale delivery trucks.

Amazon was supposed to launch a mobile-enabled service called Treasure Truck recently, but it has been postponed with no new launch date scheduled (see story). When it is up and running, the service will put Treasure Trucks in Seattle with a limited SKUs of one discounted item, which customers can purchase through the Amazon mobile app and pick up at one of the scheduled locations.

EBay is trying something similar on the East Coast.

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 3.59.23 PMAmazon’s Treasure Truck launch has been delayed

Beginning July 4, shoppers can visit eBay’s deals site or its mobile app to access a curated sale with deep discounts on items such as sunglasses. Shoppers will also be able to visit the eBay Airstream travel trailers to browse and buy featured items.

The eBay Hot Deals for Hot Days promotion will offer discounts on new merchandise based on the temperature outside.

The trailer will travel from Montauk, NY, to New York.

Social tracking
These services take advantage of the interest in food trucks, which offer the merchant low overhead while consumers are able to follow their travels via social media.

However, Amazon’s struggles with getting its service off and running suggests that building a physical presence can be a challenge for digital retailers.

“I haven’t seen any of the ecommerce players doing a fabulous job of an omnichannel experience, however, we are just seeing the beginnings,” said Sheryl Kingstone, Toronto-based research director for Yankee Group. “Anyone can have the upper hand when it comes to flash sales. It’s all about the right price at the right time.

“Mobile and social can help get the word out to gather success and momentum,” she said.


Digital, physical divide
One of the more significant consumer behaviors that has evolved with the growth in mobile is the use of smartphones to engage with a bricks-and-mortar store. This includes the ability to reserve products online try on in store, to complete purchases online to pick up in a store or to browse a retailer’s Web site while inside the store.

An important takeaway from this behavior is that while ecommerce has its appeal, consumers still very much like some parts of the physical aspect of shopping. Which is where pure-plays, given their nature as digital-only entities, are lacking.

“Retailers like Best Buy and Walmart are dramatically reducing their shipping costs by shipping orders from stores, while Amazon is seeing shipping expenses double every year,” Razorfish’s Mr. Goldberg said. “Best Buy went from its average delivery being a day slower than Amazon, to a day faster when it begun shipping from stores.

“Many omnichannel retailers have the majority of their online orders picked-up in a store where customers invariably spend more – 25 percent more in the case of Macy’s,” he said.

“Having a physical presence also drives ecommerce. For example, in every market where a Warby Parker or a Uniqlo opens a new store, they see their ecommerce business dramatically increase.”

Next-generation experiences
Pure-plays continue to try to establish shopping services the bridge the gap between digital and physical retail, including opening their own physical locations.

At the same time, many physical retailers are being forced to downscale the number of stores they operate and/or the size of their stores. In part, this is because, as more browsing takes place online, less physical space is required.

While physical retailers may have the upper hand in omnichannel experiences at the moment, it is still early days in terms of figuring out how mobile is impacting the path to purchase and what new shopping experiences will meet shoppers’ needs.

“When it comes to traditional bricks-and-mortars, there is still lots to be improved to leverage mobile in an omnichannel experience from everything from better inventory and reserve capabilities to improved payments and coupons,” Yankee Group’s Ms. Kingstone said. “The good news is that mobile shopping has take a big leap forward in 2015.

“Mobile engagement for shopping is now a critical requirement for many businesses,” she said. “Retailer’s must shift their thinking quickly toward a mobile-first approach.

“The data clearly illustrates that in just one year, there was roughly a 15-point gain in usage by female shoppers for both coupon and commerce usage. Additionally, there were also huge spike in usage from the 18-34 age bracket. These gains are the biggest one-year spikes we have seen over the last few years.”

Final Take
Chantal Tode is senior editor on Mobile Commerce Daily, New York

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Care To Try On A Pork-Rind Sweater?

June 30, 2015 Leave a comment

June 30th, 2015
For most people, thinking of a favorite sweater likely brings to mind descriptors like soft and cozy, warm but breathable. Maybe it’s made of a fine Merino wool or cashmere. Few are those who, when thinking of the sartorial pleasures of knitted clothing made of natural fibers, will conjure the effluvia of slaughterhouses.

Philipp Stössel is one of the few. Stössel, a doctoral student researching biomaterials science, looks for useful materials that can be made from agricultural waste. Working with colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he has been perfecting a process to make warm yarns out of animal byproducts like gelatin that can be knitted into clothing.

The motivation to turn the skin, bones and tendons of vertebrates into a wearable fiber comes, the group writes, from an enormous supply of waste.

“The raw material, namely, slaughterhouse waste, accumulates at about 10 million tons per year in the European Union and the global gelatin market is expected to reach 450,000 tons in 2018,” Stössel and his coauthors wrote recently in a study published inthe journal Biomacromolecules. Learn more and see pictures of the process below.

Taking gelatin from pig skin, they put it through a process of heating, doping and spinning that resulted in filaments. The team was able to produce the filaments at a rate of more than 650 feet per minute in the lab. Around 1,000 filaments were then hand-twisted into two-ply yarn strands.


[(a) Process chart of gelatin yarn and cloth production. (b) Spinning process and yarn twisting. Image and caption courtesy of Stoessel et al./Biomacromolecules.]

But as anybody who has made a bowl of Jell-O knows, any product made with gelatin that’s meant to last would need to contend with the fact that it readily dissolves in water. By using chemicals to cross-link molecules and then treating the material with formaldehyde and lanolin from sheep wool, the yarn was left sufficiently water resistant   to withstand dunking multiple times in water or detergent solution.


[(a, b) Spools with gelatin yarn (each ∼10 m) of which a glove was knitted. © Cross-linking with ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether and gaseous formaldehyde (8 h) and impregnation with lanolin stabilized the gelatin glove to such an extent that it could easily withstand swelling in water for 1 h. (d) The analogy with a glove knitted from commercial merino sheep wool is remarkable. Image and caption courtesy of Stoessel et al./Biomacromolecules.]

They next knitted the gelatin yarn into a glove and compared its water resistance and insulating ability against a control glove produced with Merino wool. “Altogether, the gelatin cloth showed very similar, or even slightly superior, thermal resistance to the merino sheep wool,” they found. Neither wool nor gelatin fiber insulated as well as synthetic polyester fleece fabric or expanded polystyrene.

Putting the yarns under an electron microscope, the researchers found that individual filament surfaces were smooth like synthetic fibers such as polyester and not like the scaly surfaces of sheep wool that are produced by overlapping cuticle cells. Looking at the filaments in cross section, they found long air spaces that ran the length of the fiber.

Several problems arose in producing the fiber, including weakness in it after the water-resistance treatments. Tests showed that fully treated gelatin yarn strength was only around 45 percent that of merino wool. Still, the glove they knitted with it insulated about as well as Merino wool.

“Nevertheless, protein fibers are increasingly attractive for numerous applications where, for example, high-performance mechanical properties are dispensable,” the group concludes in their study. “The applications may range from the biomedical field, where proteins such as gelatin or collagen are desired because of the similarity to tissue constituents, to textiles.”

Top Image: Courtesy of Stoessel et al./Biomacromolecules.

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Levi’s® and Google smart jeans partnership called “a natural fit”

June 30, 2015 Leave a comment
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