A new garment fabric that “allows users to control electronic devices through clothing” was developed by a group of researchers at Purdue University.
The same researchers underline the importance of this study as it is the first time that an efficient technique is shown to create a self-feeding fabric that can contain sensors or even displays using simple embroideries without resorting to the expensive processes that are necessary today to insert electronics or sensors of any kind in clothes, as reported by Ramses Martinez, professor at Purdue and one of the authors of the study which appeared in Advanced Functional Materials.
The fabrics created by Purdue scientists can in fact be resistant to water, and therefore to rain, and can be antibacterial as well as breathable but at the same time they can collect energy from the user himself to feed the electronics embedded in the fabric.
The technology is based on the omniphobic triboelectric nanogenerators (RF-TENG) thanks to which it was possible to incorporate tiny electronic components into the garment.
“It’s like having a wearable remote control that also keeps odors, rain, stains and bacteria away from the user,” the researchers report.
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