A project in collaboration with the Advance Textiles Research Group – Nottingham Trent University, (UK).
Until recently one of the main issues of e-textile research was the integration of electroniccomponents into the textile structures. At present there is a growing interest in the development of textiles based electronic circuits, sensors and actuators. We can observe several directions in this sense: some projects are looking to miniaturize the electronic components, some others to translate into fibers of these components. There are also projects looking to construct textiles-based sensors using conductive threads. Apart the technological aspects implicated in such developments, there are also social and ethical concerns to consider related to our awareness about the presence of such textile-based sensors in our fabrics and wearables and the way these components are accepted and used.
The present project looks to develop a series of embroidered/printed/knitted textile-based sensors and circuits that could function both as manuals (guides) for the construction of such textiles-based sensors, as well as signage for announcing the presence of such sensors into the structure of the textiles (fabrics). It is about the development of a repertory of such sensors, where their graphical form serves also as information sign. The innovative aspects of the project rely in the development of a system that can communicate the presence of such sensors into the fabrics.
A first version of the textile-based temperature sensor was published in the E-Textile Swatch Exchange 2015.