We aim to transform the way that electronic textiles are produced by fully integrating electronics into the core of yarns. The concept of electronically functional yarns, or smart yarns, is revolutionary in that information technology will be incorporated into textiles using conventional textile processes. The objective of our research is to undertake the frontier science required to produce the next generation of e-textiles. In the first generation, electronic devices were simply attached to garments or included in pockets. In the second generation, electronic functionality was achieved by incorporating conducting yarns into the textile structure. We are now developing a third generation system where semi-conductor chips are fully embedded within the fibres of yarns.
This new blog will report progress as we develop e-textiles and other advanced textile technologies.