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Multifunctional new spacer fabric sensor in smart textiles

Published: May 2, 2024
Author: Fashion Value Chain

In a recent study, researchers at NC State University used machine learning and 3D embroidery techniques to develop a fabric-based sensor that uses touch to control electronic devices. A sensor that can regulate every function becomes more crucial as interest in wearable electronics grows and more features are added to garments. The sensor, which is woven into the fabric of an article of clothing, uses touch alone to activate and operate electrical devices like smartphone applications.

It is composed of skeins that were incorporated into traditional textile textiles using embroidery machines. These yarns are composed of two triboelectric materials, one of which has a positive electric charge and the other a negative charge. The study’s corresponding author, Rong Yin, stated that accuracy with the sensor’s 3D structure was crucial.

The gadget must be able to distinguish between motions that are allocated to various tasks and ignore any accidental inputs that may result from the cloth’s typical movement. “There are numerous reasons why the data obtained by the sensor may not always be precise,” Yin stated. Occasionally, external elements like humidity or temperature will have an impact on the data, or it may accidentally come into contact with anything.

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