An international team of researchers led by the U.K.'s University of Cambridge has fabricated a fully woven prototype smart textile display with active electronic, sensing, energy, and photonic functions incorporated directly into the weave.
The researchers coated each fiber element with materials that are sufficiently elastic for textile-manufacturing equipment, and braided some of them for better reliability and durability.
They also linked multiple components together via conductive adhesives and laser welding.
The resulting fabric can function as a display, monitor inputs, retain energy for later use, and detect radio-frequency signals, touch, light, and temperature.
Said Cambridge’s Jong min Kim, “This is a step towards the full exploitation of sustainable, convenient e-fibers and e-textiles in daily applications. And it’s only the beginning.”
From University of Cambridge (U.K.)
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