New low-cost thread used in wearable sensors

October 10th, 2022

Researchers at Imperial College London have embedded new low-cost sensors, designed to monitor breathing, heart rate and ammonia, into t-shirts and face masks. The wearable sensors are spun from a new Imperial-developed thread called Pecotex, which is a polystyrene sulfonate-modified cotton conductive thread that is compatible with computerized embroidery.  At about $0.14 per meter, the researchers […]

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Researchers develop conductive cellulosic thread

March 22nd, 2021

Researchers have sewn their conductive cellulose threads into a garment to offer it thermoelectric properties. Photo: Chalmers University of Technology.  Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a thread made of conductive cellulose, which can be used in textiles that generate electricity.  “There is a real need for organic, renewable materials for […]

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Researchers create thread that senses and tracks movement

February 8th, 2021

Scanning electron microscopy of threads coated with electrically conducting carbon-based ink.  Bending the coated threads creates strain, which changes their electrical conductivity (normal thread left, bent thread right. Scale bar 200 microns). Photo: Yiwen Jiang, Tufts University.  Engineers at Tufts University in Massachusetts have created and demonstrated flexible thread-based sensors that can measure movement of the […]

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