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Editorial: Human Power Boost for the Smart Fabric and Interactive Textiles Market?
published in Issue 71, 4th quarter 2007
Great strides have been made in recent years in the field of smart and interactive textiles, especially “wearable electronics”.
Fabrics which incorporate integrated electronics are capable of interfacing with, or accommodating, iPods, mobile phones and laptop computers, and are being used in the manufacture of a wide range of products—including sports jackets, bags, business suits and fabric keyboards.
As well as being of interest to consumers, smart and interactive textiles also have great potential in the military. For example, they could aid communications on the battlefield—or monitor a soldier’s general health or any injuries which the soldier may have sustained. One manufacturer in the UK has developed a conductive polymeric yarn which can be knitted into fabrics to manufacture clothing which is capable of producing heat—using a power source—to keep the wearer warm.
One thing which all these developments have in common, however, is the need for some form of power supply. Batteries can be cumbersome, bulky and heavy relative to the products they are powering. Also, they usually have to be recharged periodically from an external source. At best, this is inconvenient. At worst it could be life threatening. Soldiers relying on their communication devices could be a long way from a power source where their devices could be recharged.
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