Functional Electronic Textiles Workshop
A workshop showcasing the final results of the EPSRC project on Functional Electronic Textiles was held at Nottingham Trent University Conference Centre on 16th May 2019. The project, which investigates new assembly methods to add electronic functionality to textiles, started on 1st March 2015 and ends 28th Aug 2019. More details on the project are available on the website.
The project leader, Prof. Steve Beeby from the University of Southampton, opened proceedings by presenting the main results and objectives of the project. Prof. Tilak Dias, the project leader at Nottingham Trent University, then presented the main results from his group. Attendees were then able to examine and discuss the significant number of samples and demonstrators produced in the project. Examples included fabrics incorporating radio frequency identification tags and fabric-integrated accelerometers enabling movement monitoring with data transmitted via Bluetooth. Also shown was a fabric stretch sensor, energy harvesting and supercapacitor fabrics, a smart bandage for wound temperature and humidity monitoring, an LED curtain as well as electronic yarns containing LEDs, light emitting shoelaces, acoustic sensing yarns and a cycling jacket with light emitting sections.
Finally there was an opportunity to tour the laboratories at Nottingham Trent University.