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Self-protective, reproducible electronic textile from PRC

18
Mar '20
Pic: Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering
Pic: Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering
Researchers from the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have reported developing a new self-protective and reproducible electronic textile for wearable devices with high performance. It can protect itself from the interference of a variety of liquids and reproduce after mechanical wear and tear.

Wearable flexible electronics have been widely used in real-time human motion and health monitoring, human-computer interactions and deep learning, while their sensitivity, response speed and monitoring range need to be improved.

Textile-based electronic devices are still vulnerable to sweat, oil, wear and tear, and even severe washing cycles. Thus the realization of functional electronic textiles with high performance, environment stability and mechanical robustness still remains a challenge, according to a recent research paper in ‘Journal of Materials Chemistry A’.

The new electronic textile could be effectively utilised to monitor human motions, realise human-machine interactions and robot-learning even exposed to sweat or water environment, according to NIMTE professor Chen Tao.

The researchers put the electronic textile onto a robot finger and made the rigid and heavy robot hold fragile objects such as eggs without breaking them, with the aid of a rationally-designed robot-training system, according to a report in Chinese newspaper.

The flexible sensors with the new electronic textile showed great potential in continuous, long-term and reliable human behaviour monitoring.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

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