UNSW biomedical engineers are ready to produce prototypes after successfully weaving a bone tissue periosteum-mimicking "smart fabric" for use in medical, safety and transport fields.

They're talking protective suits that stiffen under high impact (think skiers, racing-car drivers, astronauts), intelligent compression bandages for deep-vein thrombosis that respond to the wearer's movement, and safer steel-belt radial tyres. But the long term goal? To weave new body parts.