WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A new textile-based electronics technology developed by Purdue University allows users to change their clothing into a textile that is self-powered as well as keeping dirt and bacteria away from the body.
- The technology makes use of omniphobic triboelectric nanogeneragtors (RF-TENGs), which involve inserting fluorinated molecules that can turn any piece of textile into a powering device.
- Purdue researchers also disclosed that the self-powered textile is waterproof and anti-bacterial.
Purdue University researchers have created a new fabric technology that allows wearers to control electronics through their clothing while keeping safe from the latest virus that’s going around.
According to assistant professor Ramses Martinez, of the School of Industrial Engineering, the innovation is the first to make use of simple embroidery rather than expensive fabrication processes, to change any cloth item or textile into a ‘self-powered e-textile’ that has sensors, music players, or simple light displays.
“For the first time, it is possible to fabricate textiles that can protect you from rain, stains, and bacteria while they harvest the energy of the user to power textile-based electronics,” added Martinez.
He also said that due to the development of wearable machine-human interfaces, these self-powered e-textiles can be washed multiple times in a conventional washing machine without apparent damage to it. Not only is the clothing self-powered, but it is also waterproof, breathable, and anti-bacterial.
Based on omniphobic triboelectric nanogeneragtors (RF-TENGs), this technology transforms a piece of clothing into a mechanism for powering devises by implanting small electronic components through the use of simple embroidery and fluorinated molecules. In other words, it’s like wearing a portable remote control that also protects the user from odors, rain, stains, and bacteria, says the Purdue team.
Martinez also pointed out that there are very few clothes on the market that interact with the wearer despite fashion having evolved through the years and adopting developed high-performance materials.
“Having an interface with a machine that we are constantly wearing sounds like the most convenient approach for a seamless communication with machines and the Internet of Things.”
While the technology, which was published in Advanced Functional Materials, is being patented through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, the researchers are also searching for partners to test and market their technology.
Source: Good News Network