Are your spidey senses tingling?
Quartz reported that synthetic spider silk producer, German biotech company AMSilk has teamed with luxury-watch maker Omega on a watch strap that blends polyamide and AMSilk’s “Biosteel” synthetic. Because spider silk’s strength is comparable to steel (scientists believe it actually can stop trains), synthetic spider silk has long been the white whale of textile research. AMSilk has made silky headway in the medical and cosmetic industries. But in the apparel industry, AMSilk has only spun up prototypes, like the sneaker it made last year with Adidas... until now. Recent tech advances have finally made it possible to spin synthetic silk at scale, and the Nato watch strap marks the first commercially available product made with AMSilk’s Biosteel. "With great power comes great responsibility."