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Electronically Active Textiles

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This presentation investigates how modern textile technologies can be used to create wearable electronic devices and explains ways by which this can be achieved and yet maintains the required fashion sense expected of clothing in these modern times.

Date and Time

25 April 2013 - 18:30-20:00

Location

Birkenhead, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Merseyside and West Cheshire local network.


About this event

Presenter

Professor Tilak Dilak, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University

Today, the demand for wearable electronic devices, e.g. to monitor blood pressure, body temperature etc. is growing. Textiles have a major role to play in this strategically important area and offer many advantages over traditional materials such as support for technologically advanced products, flexibility, softness and high strength-to-weight ratios.   This presentation investigates how modern textile technologies can be used to create such wearable textiles and explains ways by which this is being achieved and yet maintains the required fashion sense expected of clothing in these modern times.

The highly developed mass production techniques that characterise the textile sector facilitate the path for the development of new products and their cost effective manufacture for many applications.  These concepts are of particular benefit for certain groups who have specific requirements for wearable systems including the emergency services, military, elite athletes, patients and fashion innovators.  Realising these concepts will expand an exciting new manufacturing sector tying together advanced textiles and electronics manufacturing.

Generally textiles are made out of materials of very high electrical resistance and can, therefore, be considered as materials with good electrical insulating properties.  However, modern fabric manufacturing machines can be used to create textile structures with localised electrically active zones, in order to create textile sensors and active devices.  Another approach is to embed electronic microchips within the fibres of a yarn, thereby crafting an intelligent yarn with the ability of physical sensing, signal processing, transmitting, and receiving.

Organiser

Mersey and Western Cheshire (E & eSystems)
Brian Clark

Poster

A downloadable poster is available. 

Cost

Free of charge

Additional information

Buffet available from 18:00

Registration information

Registration is recommended.
Brian Clark

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