“SMART Garments” incorporating sensors capable of wireless connections with the outside world.


Professor George K. Stylios

Senior Research Professor of Textiles

Director of Research Institute for Flexible Materials RIFleX

Editor of the International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

 

School of Textiles, Heriot Watt University, Netherdale, Galashiels, Selkirkshire

 

Prof. George K. Stylios RIFleX Director

Abstract:

Over the last 10 years we have been researching “SMART Garments” focusing on the rehabilitation of patients and on the elderly, in the first instance, in collaboration with hospitals and insurance companies. Recently it was realised that a more radical approach was needed for providing a more effective solution to attaching rigid electronics on fabrics. We have embarked in developing a concept PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD out of fabric so that we may have ultimate flexibility. When realised, this will revolutionise the electronics industry and will enable textiles to venture into yet another new industrial application; would we be able to make computers, mobile phones, IPODs out of fabric? The research and development for a TexPCB™ is continuing, but the concept and some progress will be described and discussed.

Finally in the spirit of the fashion theme of this conference, recent energy harvesting couture garments incorporating flexible photovolteics will be shown.


 

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