SMART fabrics and wearable technology is a unique and essential reference source for researchers, designers and engineers developing textiles and clothing products in this cross-disciplinary area and interactive textiles are conceived as innovative textile structure integrating sensing, actuation, electronic, and power and/or communication functions. Due to their multifunctional quality, enabled by wearable devices that are flexible and comfortable to the human body, e-textiles are considered as promoters of a higher quality of life and progress in biomedicine. It is also beneficial for those in the healthcare industry and academics researching textiles, fashion and design.
New promising research recently emerged from the miniaturization of electronics and informatics (computers, micro sensors, signal processing, transmissions, etc.), making possible the integration of multiple, smart functions into textiles, free from any impediment. An attempt has been made to prepare a cloth which could be comfortably worn and is efficient to incorporate different circuits as per requirement.
The area of IET INTERACTIVE ELECTRONIC TEXTILES has emerged from the wearable computing arena. Many of the wearable computing devices developed to the date are cumbersome and awkward typically strapped or carried on the body. But, then textile based wearable electronics that allow interactive touch, voice and body heat activation was developed.
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About the Author:
Ajay Shankar Joshi is a Lecturer at the Department of Textile Technology, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology & Science, Indore-Sawer road, Indore, MP.
Kamini Sharma is a Post graduate Student at ICT, Matunga at Mumbai.