Smart textiles research represents a new model for generating creative and novel solutions for integrating electronics into unusual environments and will result in new discoveries that push the boundaries of science forward. A key driver for smart textiles research is the fact that both textile and electronics fabrication processes are capable of functionalizing large-area surfaces at very high speeds. In this article we review the history of smart textiles development, introducing the main trends and technological challenges faced in this field. Then, we identify key challenges that are the focus of ongoing research. We then proceed to discuss fundamentals of smart textiles: textile fabrication methods and textile interconnect lines, textile sensor, and output device components and integration of commercial components into textile architectures. Next we discuss representative smart textile systems and finally provide our outlook over the field and a prediction for the future.
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Review Article| November 07 2012
Smart textiles: Challenges and opportunities
Kunigunde Cherenack, Liesbeth van Pieterson; Smart textiles: Challenges and opportunities. J. Appl. Phys. 1 November 2012; 112 (9): 091301. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4742728
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