The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That’s the future imagined by the researchers behind new e-textile technology.
Scientists from RMIT University have developed a cost-efficient and scaleable method for rapidly fabricating textiles that are embedded with energy storage devices.
In just three minutes, the method can produce a 10x10cm smart textile patch that’s waterproof, stretchable and readily integrated with energy harvesting technologies.
The technology enables graphene supercapacitors – powerful and long-lasting energy storage devices that are easily combined with solar or other sources of power – to be laser printed directly onto textiles.
In a proof-of-concept, the researchers connected the supercapacitor with a solar cell, delivering an efficient, washable and self-powering smart fabric that overcomes the key drawbacks of existing e-textile energy storage technologies.
The growing smart fabrics industry has diverse applications in wearable devices for the consumer, health care and defence sectors – from monitoring vital signs of patients, to tracking the location and health status of soldiers in the field, and monitoring pilots or drivers for fatigue.
Dr Litty Thekkakara, a researcher in RMIT’s School of Science, said smart textiles with built-in sensing, wireless communication or health monitoring technology called for robust and reliable energy solutions.
“Current approaches to smart textile energy storage, like stitching batteries into garments or using e-fibres, can be cumbersome and heavy, and can also have capacity issues,” Thekkakara said.
“These electronic components can also suffer short-circuits and mechanical failure when they come into contact with sweat or with moisture from the environment.
“Our graphene-based supercapacitor is not only fully washable, it can store the energy needed to power an intelligent garment – and it can be made in minutes at large scale.
“By solving the energy storage-related challenges of e-textiles, we hope to power the next generation of wearable technology and intelligent clothing.”
The research analysed the performance of the proof-of-concept smart textile across a range of mechanical, temperature and washability tests and found it remained stable and efficient.
RMIT Honorary Professor and Distinguished Professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Min Gu, said the technology could enable real-time storage of renewable energies for e-textiles.
“It also opens the possibility for faster roll-to-roll fabrication, with the use of advanced laser printing based on multifocal fabrication and machine learning techniques,” Gu said.
The researchers have applied for a patent for the new technology, which was developed with support from RMIT Seed Fund and Design Hub project grants.
The Latest on: Waterproof smart fabrics
via Google News
The Latest on: Waterproof smart fabrics
- 35 Mistakes You Don't Realize You're Making In Your Backyard & Garageon July 31, 2022 at 10:15 am
However, I am here to let you know that there are a ton of great inventions that can make your backyard and garage a lot better. Contrary to popular belief, your garage doesn’t have to be just a giant ...
- Ten interiors with relaxing hammocks in place of furnitureon July 31, 2022 at 2:00 am
A 13-square-metre apartment in Poland and a trio of holiday homes built around living trees feature in our latest lookbook of ten interiors that feature comfortable hammocks and netted floors.
- The Best Changing Pads To Make Diaper Changes Less Messyon July 26, 2022 at 10:31 am
The best changing pads aren’t just compatible with messes and your nursery design, but they’re also full of smart features ... and brilliant use of waterproof fabrics. Like sleep disruptions ...
- The 10 Hiking Essentials Packing List for the Blue Ridge Mountainson July 26, 2022 at 10:28 am
From basic items like extra clothing, food, and water to survival gear, read on for our 10 hiking essentials packing list.
- Best party speakers 2022: fun, fuss-free, affordable Bluetooth speakerson July 21, 2022 at 9:40 am
Neutral fabric jacketed ... the JBL Charge 5 has a waterproof USB-C charging port as well as a flap hiding the USB-A port that can be used to charge up your smartphone. The Charge 5 drops support ...
- Best winter coat for men 2022: warm and stylishon July 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm
For example, if you’re outdoorsy you’ll probably want to plump for down, but if you have a smart office job ... a 100-percent recycled 3-layer waterproof fabric and is packed with RDS ...
- Smart Fabric Uses Magnetic Fields to Store, Transmit Data Without Electronicson July 17, 2022 at 4:59 pm
“This can be cumbersome as they require charging. By taking an electronic-free approach, we can create smart fabrics that are highly durable and waterproof against rainwater and laundry cycles.” ...
- Best waterproof jackets 2022: when the going gets wet, keep goingon July 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm
It's made of three layer Gore-Tex fabric with Gore ... is a surprisingly impressive waterproof jacket, combining strong performance against the elements with a smart and stylish design.
- Laser Printing for Rapid Fabrication of Waterproof E-Textileson July 7, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Now a team from RMIT University in Australia have done just that with new technology that can rapidly fabricate waterproof smart textiles with integrated energy-harvesting and storage technology that ...
- This fabric can generate electricity from your movements to power wearableson June 24, 2022 at 2:05 am
The fabric can also be deployed as a smart sensor to measure the amount ... and a rubber-like material to make it stretchable and waterproof. This stretchable electrode was then attached to ...
via Bing News