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Inventions 2018, 3(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions3020023

Recent Advances in Soft E-Textiles

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7905, Raleigh, NC 27695-7905, USA
Received: 15 March 2018 / Revised: 10 April 2018 / Accepted: 10 April 2018 / Published: 11 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Inventions and innovation in Advanced Manufacturing)
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Abstract

E-textiles (electronic textiles) are fabrics that possesses electronic counterparts and electrical interconnects knitted into them, offering flexibility, stretchability, and a characteristic length scale that cannot be accomplished using other electronic manufacturing methods currently available. However, knitting is only one of the technologies in e-Textile integration. Other technologies, such as sewing, embroidery, and even single fiber-based manufacture technology, are widely employed in next-generation e-textiles. Components and interconnections are barely visible since they are connected intrinsically to soft fabrics that have attracted the attention of those in the fashion and textile industries. These textiles can effortlessly acclimatize themselves to the fast-changing wearable electronic markets with digital, computational, energy storage, and sensing requirements of any specific application. This mini-review focuses on recent advances in the field of e-textiles and focuses particularly on the materials and their functionalities. View Full-Text
Keywords: textiles; smart fabrics; smart sensing; fibers; electronic textiles textiles; smart fabrics; smart sensing; fibers; electronic textiles
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