History reveals that our clothes haven’t changed that much since we first started wearing them about 170,000 ago. All that is about to change with the advent of smart fabrics.
Electronics And Embroidery
E-threads are conductive threads that can be embroidered directly into fabrics. The e-threads can be used easily used with common commercial embroidery equipment. The e-threads can be combined with regular threads to recreate complex designs, such as corporate emblems. Furthermore, fabric can vary from as thin to organza to as thick as Kevlar.
Once the threads are embroidered in, the wires can be connected to sensors and batteries. This is done by flexible interconnections or traditional soldering.
The success of these smart fabrics has been life-changing for some.
- Smart hats that can read deep brain signals for people with Parkinson’s or epilepsy
- Mats and bed sheets that monitor an infant’s height as a screening tool
- T-shirts that extend the range of WiFi signals to the wearer’s phone