Wearable Technology: Smart Fabrics Are In

By danielle_abram on 12/06/2018

Smart clothes features

Everything these days has to be smart this and smart that, now including smart fabrics! Wearable technology is becoming more and more popular as it progresses to advance to better and more helpful designs!

What are smart fabrics?

Smart fabrics are mostly made out of one of the strongest and thinnest substances that is capable of conducting electricity called graphene. Graphene is as thick as a single atom and is extremely flexible.

Because it is so versatile, designers wouldn’t need to use electrodes or wires. Instead, the graphene could be used and woven as the material/fabric!

What are some advantages of smart textiles?

Smart fabrics made into flashy dresses

Having wearable technology can be high fashion and can easily be incorporated into stunning new looks without looking chunky.

Smart textiles are being developed with new technologies to provide added value to the person wearing them. Having e textiles display digital components can be both affordable and durable depending on how they are created!

What are some of the struggles with wearable tech?

LED looking smart fabric topOne problem that smart textiles must overcome is that they need to conduct electricity and still be a breathable material. If the material is too hard or uncomfortable, no one would wear it no matter how cool it looked.

E textiles have been a big hit in fashion already, but even then, the smart fabric is cool to look at, but not fun to wear.

 

What can smart fabrics do?

Wearable technology displaySmart clothes are really going to change the way that people think about the use of electronics. For instance, not having to use wires into textiles after they are made is going to make creating the wearables easier!

Designers can now use a modified version of electro-spinning to combine electro-spun polymer with silver wires in a liquid.

During this process, the smart fabric will be filtered, dried, and then heated before it can be used. Graphene is still a beneficial substance to use, but it depends on what sort of usability the designer is creating.

Clothing Benefits – Aesthetic and Performance Enhancing

Future of smart clothes

Aesthetic

Performance Enhancing

  • Can emit fun and bright lights
  • Could be designed to incorporate solar cells to convert sun heat into warmth to help regulate body temperature
  • Can gather energy by harnessing vibrations, sounds, or heat
  • Sensors can be imbedded into athletic attire to track fitness and relay information to a smart device
  • Can guard against extreme environmental hazards (ex. Radiation)
  • Can reduce wind resistance
  • Pants could be able to charge a phone that is stored in a pocket
  • Can control muscle vibration
  • Seat covers could be used as charging devices
  • Monitor blood pressure

 

  • Monitor Heart rate

 

  • Monitor medial conditions

Not only could smart fabrics turn into wearable technology, but they could also be used for seat covers in cars or on planes!

Having functions for smart fabrics that are both aesthetically pleasing and performance enhancing can change how the world uses smart devices.

Smart glasses

Granted, we all now use plenty of smart devices, including smart glasses or a smart watch, but smart clothing, instead of accessories, can be life changing!

 

Watt do you think?

Do you think smart fabrics will make your life easier? Which piece of wearable technology would you want?

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