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Kirigami, a Stretchable Battery

In my last article we looked at options to make electronics more elastic and stretchable. But what about the batteries we need to energize stretchable electronics? Traditional batteries are far way from being elastic, to stretch even a tiny little bit. A possible solution for stretchable batteries comes from a team of researcher at the…

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Flexible, Stretchable Electronics

One of the fundamental requirements in wearable electronics is to make it stretchable, flexible, elastic. Without this properties there is no way electronics can be integrated into clothing. Over the past years various research and development activities have been undertaken to master the stretchability of electronic elements, to make electronic systems conformal with the textile…

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The Gigabyte Shirt

Imagine our clothing, any type of clothing from under to outer-wear is acting as digital data storage memory. Sound too far fetched? Actually NASA scientists found a way to do just that – transforming fabrics into huge storage arrays potentially transforming a simple shirt into a Giga or even Terra Byte storage medium. The underlying…

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String Battery

In sewing, strings of various thickness and stiffness are used for piping, a type of trim inserted into a seam to define the edges or style lines of a garment or bag. A team of researcher at LG Chem seems to add another function to the piping: they developed a Li-Ion battery in string form…

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Walking the wearable power talk – Power generating shoe

Following the steady stream of wearable power research brings up on a fairly regular basis new developments in this field. The latest, highly interesting wearable power concept is based on the piezoelectric effect and the mechanical energy generated by walking. But there is a unique twist in this particular power-walk research carried out by researcher…

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GraphExeter enables invisible wearable electronic

Wearable electronic, electrifying the fabric from which our clothing is made from is making a big step towards reality according to researchers at the Center for Graphene Science at the University of Exeter. The Exeter team, headed by Dr Monica Craciun and Dr Saverio Russo, developed GraphExeter a highly conductive – electrically and thermally –…

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Communication glove for deaf-blind persons

We have seen a number of wearable tech enhanced gloves supporting the communication between deaf persons and persons who do not understand well the sign language. Such gloves contain sensors which detect gestures and translate this signals into speech. Researchers Tom Bieling, Ulrike Gollner and Gesche Joost at the Design Research Lab in Berlin, Germany,…

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Smart Clothing to be Safe@Sea

 Safe@Sea is a European Union funded project looking for solutions to eliminate the high causality rate of fisherman at sea. Fishing is among one of the most dangerous professions especially in bad weather on small boats. Far too often a man goes over board during the battle with the elements. If that happens, a range…

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Electrifying Fabrics

Wearable power is on the top of my search list and each time I stumble across news out of the research kitchen I can not help but to share the latest news. Undeniable, wearable power, using materials that act and look like ordinary fabric that either generates or stores electrical energy will ultimately be THE…

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Power Felt – a wearable power generator

Imagine your clothing charges all your smart devices by just putting them into a pocket. Imagine you do not have to do anything to generate the electrical power – no need to run around, just sit there and let the magic happen. Sounds like alien technology from the latest SciFi flick but thanks to nano…

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Cotton Transistors

Mastering a truly seamless integration of electronic functionality into fabrics remains a challenge up to this day. Most experiments and design concepts use hybrid solutions ranging form detachable, add-on wearable electronic functionality to semi integrated solutions where part of the electronic elements are fully integrated into the fabric of clothing while part of the function…

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Charging up Smart Fabrics with a woven battery

Wearable Power, the seamless, unobtrusive integration of electrical power storage or generation into woven structures – speak fabrics – is a highly active area in wearable tech research and development. A team of scientists at the Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada led by Maksim Skorobogatiy has joined the race for wearable power with a highly…

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Antenna clothing

Researcher at the Ohio State University focus on antenna integration into clothing using plastic film and metallic thread. The potential benefit of doing so is the increase of four times of the antenna range compared to a conventional antenna. Currently the textile antenna research is targeted towards smart fabrics for the army enhancing the ‘communication…

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SLIVER cells on the wearable solar power horizon

Researcher at the Australian National University developed what seems a new generation of thin, flexible solar panels called SLIVER Cell. The SLIVER cells are not thicker than a sheet of paper of human hair, making them extremely light weight and flexible. For me the most interesting development is the ‘bifacial’ design meaning these wearable solar…

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Networking Garments

According to industry experts and cell-phone manufacturers NFC (Near Field Communication) will become a standard function in the near future for short range wireless communication between portable devices. NFC works on high frequency like Bluetooth but over a shorter range, only a few centimeter and is based on inductive-coupling, where loosely coupled inductive circuits can…

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Are we there yet with printing solar cells?

On a fairly regular bases news out of research around solar power by making solar cells more efficient, less expensive and preferable let them attach or print onto any surface pop up in the news. Especially around the sunny summer time such news gain weight as anyone hanging out under the sun these days can…

High Flying Smart Textiles

A number of initiatives look into the sensible use of smart textiles, sensors embedded into the fabric of life like for medical purpose or evaluation performance in sport activities. Using sensible, smart fabric covered airplane seats for a more comfortable and safer trip on these long distance flights of the future is a new angle…

Wearable power: the mighty force of nano technology

The hot contested wearable power sector looks like to get a massive power boost with the Power Flex, a piezoelectric nano wire generator developed by Professor Zhong Lin Wang, director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization at Georgia Tech. Last time we posted about Professor Zhong Lin Wang’s wearable power research, he worked on nano…

Stretchable Electronic Skin

A team of Nokia researchers working at Cambridge working on a morphing, stretchable face of next generation phones but this technology is also highly interesting for wearable electronic, to integrate complex electronic functionality into our second skin = our clothing. The researchers work on projects such as Nanowire Sensing, Stretchable Electronic Skin and Electro-tactile Experience…

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Visionaries at Bayer, a German high tech company directed their research power on photovoltaic according to a recently published press release. The for us noticeable statement can be found towards the end of the press release stating ‘In future, photovoltaic applications could extend far beyond traditional solar modules. One such application could be a “translator…

Wearable Power – the body as power station

Next to interactive gloves, wearable power is coming into the news on a regular, frequent basis. The latest news I picked up is based on research work at the University of Southampton where scientists aim to generate energy through people’s movement. In theory human motion generates an estimated 67 watts of energy with each step….

MagIC T-Shirt for health monitoring

I use frequently the word ‘magic’ in connection with illuminated clothing as light radiates a kind of magic especially when it comes from objects that are not (yet) commonly known to light up like …. clothing. The word ‘Magic’ in connection with health monitoring T-Shirts has another meaning in this case as ‘MagIC‘ stands for…

Graphene OPV – wearable sun-power within reach?

Professor Chongwu Zhou and his team of researcher at the University of Southern California produced flexible transparent carbon atom films that have great potential for a new breed of solar cells suitable to be integrated into garments. Graphene OPV (organic photovoltaics) has been on the research agenda for a couple of years as means to…

Smart Textiles: Weaving with electronics

Most wearable electronic development we see today are made by attaching either permanently or removable electronic functionality. This concept has it’s usefulness in some areas but the ultimate break through in wearable electronic will be by fully integrating electronics into fabrics from which clothing is made. Fabrics are made by weaving yarns of different types…

Electronic Fiber

Staying a bit in the fiber since field today’s article is about a development coming from Jian Feng Gu at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Mr. Jian Feng Gu and his team work on a simple rolled capacitor from a sheet of conducting polymer sandwiched between two insulating sheets of low…

Textile science: Fibers that can hear and sing

In the old days making fibers was a relative simple matter, creating yarn and weave them to clothes. But these days are numbered with the emergence of intelligent fibers and textiles. Fiber development migrated in our digital age to electronic laboratories like MIT’s Research Lab of Electronics where Associate professor of Materials Science, Yoel Fink…

Wearable Power – Paper Battery

Assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford Yi Cui and his team have manufactured a new energy storage device (battery) out of ordinary paper or cloth coated with carbon nanotube ink. Sounds fantastic news for wearable power especially as this process can be made cheaply and efficiently manufactured into lightweight paper or textile…

Photonic Textiles by Karma Chameleon

Color changing, light emitting textiles are captivating, they radiate sophistication and innovation. But to achieve a pleasant to look effect is very challenging form a technology point of view. A collaboration between Joanna Berzowska at XS Labs and Maksim Skorobogatiy at the Advanced Photonic Structures Group, both based in Canada, formed the ‘Karma Chameleon‘ to…

Intelligent underwear

Intelligent textiles not only enable the design of fashionable, interactive outfits to show (off) but can add great value to the health care sector, an area I have repeatedly highlighted as one of the potential applications for wearable technologies. Joseph Wang and his colleagues at the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, USA integrate…

SmartCap

The SmartCap, an invention by Australian-based research organization CRC Mining to detect fatigue of truck drivers working on mining operations, is fitted with hi-tech brain monitoring sensors. Invented by CRCMining engineer Dr Daniel Bongers, the SmartCap, a baseball cap with integrated EEG (brain waves) sensors that he developed do not need conductive gel but work…