Special Issue "Sensing, Actuation, and Communication Technologies for Smart Textile Applications"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Boon-Chong Seet

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Interests: 5G wireless communications; antennas and radio frequency based sensors; smart textile and wearable technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart textiles are traditional textiles augmented with sensing, actuation, memory, communication, and power generation/storage capabilities. For smart textiles to retain the look and feel of normal textiles, all sensing, actuation, communication, and other technological elements, as well as their interconnections, should be made of and/or packaged in soft, flexible, and stretchable materials.

The development of smart textile systems integrates advances from multiple disciplinary fields, such as yarn knitting, physical sensing, and wireless communication. The potential applications of smart textiles include not only wearables, such as garments, but also non-wearables, such as fabric-based upholstery, filtration, and insulation for home, automotive, and other environments.

This Special Issue aims to provide an up-to-date coverage of recent smart textile research, with a focus on sensing, actuation, communication, and related technologies, which can contribute towards achieving robust and efficient networked sensing and actuation for smart textile applications.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Fabric-based sensors and actuators
  • Fabric-based communication components and circuits
  • Fabric-based energy harvesting and storage
  • Networking technologies for smart textile systems
  • Embroidery methods and knitted structures for smart textiles
  • Interconnection and integration techniques for smart textiles
  • Prototypes of new smart textile applications

Dr. Boon-Chong Seet
Guest Editor

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Colorful Textile Antennas Integrated into Embroidered Logos
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2015, 4(4), 371-377; doi:10.3390/jsan4040371
Received: 11 August 2015 / Revised: 19 November 2015 / Accepted: 26 November 2015 / Published: 8 December 2015
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We present a new methodology to create colorful textile antennas that can be embroidered within logos or other aesthetic shapes. Conductive threads (e-threads) have already been used in former embroidery unicolor approaches as attributed to the corresponding conductive material, viz. silver or
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We present a new methodology to create colorful textile antennas that can be embroidered within logos or other aesthetic shapes. Conductive threads (e-threads) have already been used in former embroidery unicolor approaches as attributed to the corresponding conductive material, viz. silver or copper. But so far, they have not been adapted to ‘print’ colorful textile antennas. For the first time, we propose an approach to create colorful electronic textile shapes. In brief, the embroidery process uses an e-thread in the bobbin case of the sewing machine to embroider the antenna on the back side of the garment. Concurrently, a colorful assistant yarn is threaded through the embroidery needle of the embroidery machine and used to secure or ‘couch’ the e-threads onto the fabric. In doing so, a colorful shape is generated on the front side of the garment. The proposed antennas can be unobtrusively integrated into clothing or other accessories for a wide range of applications (e.g., wireless communications, Radio Frequency IDentification, sensing). Full article
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