New Knitting Technique Produces Electronic Smart Fabrics at Industrial Scales

New Knitting Technique Produces Electronic Smart Fabrics at Industrial Scales
September 24, 2016

Australian scientists have developed a knitting technique capable of producing electrically-conductive Spandex-carbon nanotube hybrid textiles at industrial scales. As described earlier this month in a paper published in ACS Nano, the stretchable fabrics “exhibit excellent performance” as sensors and artificial muscles. Potential applications include adjustable smart clothing, robotics, and medical devices.

At the core of the material is regular old Spandex, which is basically artificial super-rubber spun into fibers. …

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/new-knitting-technique-produces-electronic-smart-fabrics-at-industrial-scales

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