A research team at Nottingham Trent University, UK, is developing wearable, washable computers to be used for medical, military and fashion purposes. The technology embeds sensors smaller than the size of a pinhead into yarns, producing a smart textile that is still tactile, flexible and machine-washable. The Nottingham researchers say it could transform the manufacturing of smart and interactive textiles.
The team recently debuted the technology in the form of an LED-illuminated fashion line. But researcher Tilak Dias says the invention “can also result in variations of washable wearable computers that can monitor vital signs for well-being, provide intelligent textiles for the military, have invisibility cloaking capabilities, and create flexible and conformable displays.”
Source: Innovation in Textiles