"Cloth pack" - a new word in the establishment of smart clothing and wearable electronics

To date, a major constraint to the development of smart clothing and wearable electronics, is the absence of light, versatile and at the same time long-lasting power sources, because the traditional lithium-ion batteries are not suitable for these purposes. But very soon things can change through the development of scientists from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. They developed a method of creating an energy storage system, which can be easily integrated into clothing by "stitching batteries."

for the development is a group of researchers led by chemist Trisha Andrew. Their product is a solid-state based on the battery and supercapacitor minityurnogo conductive filaments by vacuum deposition, "wrapped" in a polymer film. In fact the material superficially similar to conventional filaments, which thus also are the guardians of electricity. According to the researchers, their development can be used to power, for example, a variety of wearable biosensors.

"The fact is that while the various components are miniaturized electronic circuits, storage devices have been developed charge becomes only more. We have solved this problem. We can embroider virtually batteries on any fabric. In our opinion, supercapacitors are very good elements for use in the manufacture of wearable electronics, and in combination with polymeric filaments, they are simply the ideal tool to create smart clothing of the future. "

Size fibers. As you can see, they do not interfere with the fabric fold

As reported by the authors of the work, at the moment they are engaged in the production of various devices based on its technology. For example, in the near future, scientists want to "embroider" pedometer sensor for monitoring the work, as well as a sensor for obtaining data on the joints.

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