WAKR: AAI featured on This Week in Tech Podcast

WAKR: AAI featured on This Week in Tech Podcast

Akron Ascent Innovations’ Principal Scientist and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Kevin White, was featured in the February 4, 2019 episode of “This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro,” a weekly technology podcast. In addition to a rousing discussion between Jeanne and Kevin on AAI, the development of ShearGrip bio-inspired technology, and the launch of Pinless products, the show includes hackers, cyber attacks on the city of Akron, scary messages through home security systems, pothole-filling drones, and new heater technology.

Read More

The Devil Strip: What's better than tape? Electrostatically-spun fibers, this Akron startup says.

The Devil Strip: What's better than tape? Electrostatically-spun fibers, this Akron startup says.

After launching online in December 2018, Akron Ascent now offers a number of products with their ShearGrip technology, including the “Pinless” line, a series of products including inkjet and laser printer-friendly photo paper, bulletin and dry erase boards with the ShearGrip backing.

Electrostatically-spun fibers have been around since the first half of the 20th century, when they were used in smoke-filtering masks. But no one thought to use the process to create an alternative to wall hangings or tape — until UA professor Dr. Shing-Chung “Josh” Wong took a close look at electrostatically-spun fibers and thought, “‘That looks like a gecko’s foot,’” says COO Kevin White.

Read More

Akron Legal News: Akron Ascent dry adhesives go to market: “Pinless Parenting”

Akron Legal News: Akron Ascent dry adhesives go to market: “Pinless Parenting”

After years of prototyping, the company’s dry adhesive products are on the market, designed to replace thumbtacks, push pins hanging picture frames, many household adhesives—especially those materials that can injure children, White said.

“We can turn your whole house into a refrigerator for putting up pictures,” said White, referring to the photo that he had just printed out.

Dry adhesives are a group of polymer-based nanofiber products that stick to surfaces, but are not sticky to the hand, and can be removed and reused without further application of the adhesive.

Read More