Machine learning used to create a fabric touch sensor

May 13th, 2024

A new study from NC State University combines three-dimensional embroidery techniques with machine learning to create a fabric-based sensor that can control electronic devices through touch. Integrated into the fabric of a piece of clothing, the sensor can activate and control electronic devices, such as mobile apps, entirely by touch. The device is made up of […]

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Super-charged smart textile can multi-task

June 12th, 2023

Scientists have developed a simple metallic coating treatment for clothing or wearable textiles which can repair itself, repel bacteria from the wearer and even monitor a person’s electrocardiogram (ECG) heart signals.  The fabric becomes conductive when coated with a special 'breathable' metallic layer. Photo: Flinders University Researchers from North Carolina State University, South Korea and […]

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The Smart Fabrics Conference 2023

May 8th, 2023

Air Force Research Laboratory scientists have discovered a unique stretchable conductor that uses a polymerized liquid metal network. Photo: Second Bay Studios. This year’s Smart Fabric Summit was again organized by the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) and the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, N.C. The event took place […]

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MIT researchers improve precision sensing in wearables

August 22nd, 2022

Using a novel fabrication process, MIT researchers have produced smart textiles that snugly conform to the body so they can sense the wearer’s posture and motions. Photo: Irmandy Wicaksono/ MIT Using a novel fabrication process, MIT researchers have produced smart textiles that snugly conform to the body so they can sense the wearer’s posture and […]

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Washable, battery-free, wearable alternative developed at Purdue

July 26th, 2021

The fingertip of a wireless voltage detection glove illuminates when the wearer’s hand approaches a live cable.  Photo: Purdue University/Rebecca McElhoe.  Purdue University engineers have developed a new spray and sewing method that makes it possible to transform any conventional fabric items into battery-free wearables that can be cleaned in a washing machine. The Purdue News […]

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Engineers create a programmable fiber

June 28th, 2021

Researchers at MIT have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. The digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity, according to a report from the MIT news service.  Yoel Fink, professor of […]

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Touch surfaces for interiors shown in concept car

February 8th, 2021

Photo: Leonhard Kurz Auto manufacturers’ concept vehicles increasingly exhibit car cockpits with no mechanical switches or buttons. The solid, seamless and gently curved surfaces are, instead, equipped with functions activated by touch. Concealed under the surface are control elements that only become visible when required, but this elegant appearance belies a complex underlying technology.  German […]

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Yale researchers announce new shape-shifting material

October 12th, 2020

Photo: Yale University, the lab of Prof. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio A new robotic fabric structure, developed in the lab of Prof. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio at Yale University, could lead to new innovations in adaptive clothing, self-deploying shelters, or lightweight shape-changing machinery. The robotic fabric created by the researchers has actuation, sensing and variable stiffness fibers while retaining the […]

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Intelligent tablecloths support social distancing in restaurants

August 10th, 2020

Current hygiene regulations require restaurant operators to ensure sufficient distance between guests. Intelligent tablecloths could soon help with this often-complicated seating management. In addition, with the help of sensor technology, restaurant visitors could place their orders directly into the fabric without contact with a server.   DITF has developed a functional model of a smart fabric […]

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Smart textile can alert emergency services if wearer is injured

April 23rd, 2020

U.S.-based smart fiber maker Supreme Corp. has created a wearable that can monitor vital signs and impact detection and raise the alarm if the wearer is injured, for instance in a car accident or an assault. The system uses smart yarns combined with a skin patch that can assess changes in vital signs, which allows […]

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