Smart Textiles & Nanotechnology
What’s the collective noun for a group of Futurists? A “ponder” perhaps? I’ve never knowingly met one before but there were a whole bunch at London’s wearable technology show, which took place at Olympia last month. Inevitably, there were also quite a few Google Glass explorers (a “gaggle” of glass…? No? OK. I’ll stop that now).
Ohmatex, a smart textile technology company, has launched its first fully washable connector, designed specifically to provide connectivity for smart textile products currently in development.
The connector was designed in a way that it can be attached to a textile or thin conductive material. “The smart textile industry has been waiting for a solution like this,” said Ben Moir, of Wearable Experiments (currently developing an Alert Shirt for gaming).
The Textile Institute has announced that its next World Conference will take place in at the Lake View Garden Hotel Wuhan, China, from 2-6 November 2014.
Jointly organised by The Textile Institute and Wuhan Textile University, the organisers invite submissions of original papers for oral and poster presentations at the 89th Textile Institute Word Conference (TIWC 2014).
Danish smart textiles consultancy Ohmatex ApS, has published its latest White Paper – Market Opportunities for Smart Textiles 2014 - just in time for The Wearable Technology Show which takes place in London today and tomorrow. The eleven page document, which can be downloaded at the foot of this article, outlines the position of smart textile wearable devices within the wider Wearable Technology industry.
With the FILTECH Show taking place from 24th-26th February 2015, the City of Cologne in Germany will turn into the top-meeting-place for all those involved with filtration and separation and adjacent sectors.
The leading conference and event for the latest innovations in wearable technology, the Wearable Technology Show, has announced its lineup of keynote speakers.
Comprised of some of the biggest names in the wearable space, these exclusive keynotes lead an array of more than 80 speakers, comprising the largest conference progranme of any wearable technology event. The show will take place from 18-19 March 2014, at the Olympia Conference Centre, London.
Some very big claims are being made for the potential benefits of wearable technologies, and not least in the field of mobile health applications, or so-called mHealth.
According to Qualcomm Life, headquartered in San Diego, California, this will save the USA $305 billion in the next decade as a result of the increased productivity it brings to the medical industry, along with a further $205 billion from the widespread adoption of home-based remote monitoring.
There are 300 million people in Europe and North America and 860 million worldwide with at least one chronic disease and it’s estimated that 25% would immediately benefit from wireless home monitoring solutions.
Miniaturisation of electronic components and the use of conductive materials and other structures have enabled the development of smart textiles.
Growing demand for connectivity and enhancement in wireless technologies is expected to further market growth over the next few years, according to a report published by Grand View Research, a market research and consulting company.
This report takes a closer look at the smart textiles industry, providing a holistic perspective on market dynamics, trends, supply and demand. The study aims at providing granular information, regarding estimates and forecasts for key lens types including polarised and non-polarised, as well as major end-use industries including fashion and entertainment, sports and fitness, medical, transportation, protection and military and architecture.
Battery less smart curtain is the latest development in smart and intelligent textiles, led by the Associate Professor Ali Javey of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States.
This work has been recently published in the journal Nature Communications.
Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on joint projects and have now announced one called Hitoe, which means ‘one layer’ in Japanese.
It is a cloth that contains Toray's nanofibres that are coated in a transmittable layer. It is a nicotine-patch sized square you attach to it that does the sensing.