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Washable, wearable battery-like devices woven directly into clothes

Washable, wearable battery-like devices woven directly into clothes

Washable, wearable 'batteries': based on cheap, safe and environmentally-friendly inks and woven directly into fabrics, have been developed.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 3, 2019
3D printer threads electronic fibers onto fabrics

3D printer threads electronic fibers onto fabrics

The potential for wearable electronics goes far beyond smart watches, but our current options for battery packs and circuit boards don't make for the most comfortable E-socks. One solution, being developed is to simply print flexible fibers on to transitional textiles or clothes.
Wearable Technology Insights
Apr 29, 2019
Flexible circuits for 3D printing

Flexible circuits for 3D printing

A research cooperation has developed a process suitable for 3D printing that can be used to produce transparent and mechanically flexible electronic circuits.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 15, 2019
LOOMIA H1 heated jacket for women

LOOMIA H1 heated jacket for women

The LOOMIA H1 jacket is a heated jacket for changing climates and temperatures.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 11, 2019
First scalable graphene yarns for wearable textiles produced

First scalable graphene yarns for wearable textiles produced

A team of researchers have developed a method to produce scalable graphene-based yarn. Multi-functional wearable e-textiles have been a focus of much attention due to their great potential for healthcare, sportswear, fitness and aerospace applications. Graphene has been considered a potentially good material for these types of applications due to its high conductivity, and flexibility.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 7, 2019
Elastic fibre with the strength of metal

Elastic fibre with the strength of metal

Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tougher material that could be incorporated into soft robotics, packaging materials or next-generation textiles.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 27, 2019
New filament combines solar energy harvesting and storage capabilities

New filament combines solar energy harvesting and storage capabilities

Researchers have invented a weavable filament that both captures and stores solar energy simultaneously—two capabilities that have only been available in separate devices until now.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 18, 2019
Stretchable multi-functional fibre

Stretchable multi-functional fibre

Fiber-based electronics are expected to play a vital role in next-generation wearable electronics. Woven into textiles, they can provide higher durability, comfort, and integrated multi-functionality. A research team has developed a stretchable multi-functional fiber that can harvest energy and detect strain, which can be applied to future wearable electronics.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 12, 2019
First fabric to automatically cool or insulate depending on conditions

First fabric to automatically cool or insulate depending on conditions

Despite decades of innovation in fabrics with high-tech thermal properties that keep marathon runners cool or alpine hikers warm, there has never been a material that changes its insulating properties in response to the environment. Until now.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers

E-textiles at CES 2019

Once again, CES 2019 displayed many examples of e-textile products throughout the exhibition floor. As ever, companies ranged from early stage start-ups scattered throughout "Eureka Park", through to some of the best known and longest established players with booths (generally in the Sands Expo). In this article, we will describe our overall impressions, followed by listing summaries of each of the companies that we visited and interviewed.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jan 28, 2019
Tapping body heat to power smart garments

Tapping body heat to power smart garments

Some research has shown that small amounts of power can be harvested from a human body over an eight-hour workday, but the special materials needed at present are either very expensive, toxic or inefficient.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 3, 2019
3D printer threads electronic fibers onto fabrics

3D printer threads electronic fibers onto fabrics

The potential for wearable electronics goes far beyond smart watches, but our current options for battery packs and circuit boards don't make for the most comfortable E-socks. One solution, being developed is to simply print flexible fibers on to transitional textiles or clothes.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 15, 2019
LOOMIA H1 heated jacket for women

LOOMIA H1 heated jacket for women

The LOOMIA H1 jacket is a heated jacket for changing climates and temperatures.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 7, 2019
Elastic fibre with the strength of metal

Elastic fibre with the strength of metal

Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tougher material that could be incorporated into soft robotics, packaging materials or next-generation textiles.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 18, 2019
Stretchable multi-functional fibre

Stretchable multi-functional fibre

Fiber-based electronics are expected to play a vital role in next-generation wearable electronics. Woven into textiles, they can provide higher durability, comfort, and integrated multi-functionality. A research team has developed a stretchable multi-functional fiber that can harvest energy and detect strain, which can be applied to future wearable electronics.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers

E-textiles at CES 2019

Once again, CES 2019 displayed many examples of e-textile products throughout the exhibition floor. As ever, companies ranged from early stage start-ups scattered throughout "Eureka Park", through to some of the best known and longest established players with booths (generally in the Sands Expo). In this article, we will describe our overall impressions, followed by listing summaries of each of the companies that we visited and interviewed.
Wearable Technology Insights
Apr 29, 2019
Flexible circuits for 3D printing

Flexible circuits for 3D printing

A research cooperation has developed a process suitable for 3D printing that can be used to produce transparent and mechanically flexible electronic circuits.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 11, 2019
First scalable graphene yarns for wearable textiles produced

First scalable graphene yarns for wearable textiles produced

A team of researchers have developed a method to produce scalable graphene-based yarn. Multi-functional wearable e-textiles have been a focus of much attention due to their great potential for healthcare, sportswear, fitness and aerospace applications. Graphene has been considered a potentially good material for these types of applications due to its high conductivity, and flexibility.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 27, 2019
New filament combines solar energy harvesting and storage capabilities

New filament combines solar energy harvesting and storage capabilities

Researchers have invented a weavable filament that both captures and stores solar energy simultaneously—two capabilities that have only been available in separate devices until now.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 12, 2019
First fabric to automatically cool or insulate depending on conditions

First fabric to automatically cool or insulate depending on conditions

Despite decades of innovation in fabrics with high-tech thermal properties that keep marathon runners cool or alpine hikers warm, there has never been a material that changes its insulating properties in response to the environment. Until now.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jan 28, 2019
Tapping body heat to power smart garments

Tapping body heat to power smart garments

Some research has shown that small amounts of power can be harvested from a human body over an eight-hour workday, but the special materials needed at present are either very expensive, toxic or inefficient.