From fashion clothing incorporating LEDs to serious combat equipment with built in circuitry for military personnel, smart fabrics offer an innovative solution to the many needs of 21st century clothing.
Weight reduction and increased personal safety are just two of the benefits that personnel will see when the fabircs are in standard use. No longer will batteries and cables be needed as the uniforms themselves will incorporate all the power sources required.
E-textiles, also known as electronic textiles or smart textiles, are fabrics that enable computing, digital components, and electronics to be embedded in them. Part of the development of wearable technology, they are known as intelligent clothing or smart clothing because they allow for the incorporation of built-in technological elements in everyday textiles and clothes. Electronic textiles emphasise the seamless integration between the fabric and the electronic elements, such as cables, microcontrollers, sensors and actuators.
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