A historical review of the development of electronic textiles

Hughes-Riley, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-430X, Dias, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-3533-0398 and Cork, C.R., 2018. A historical review of the development of electronic textiles. Fibers, 6 (2): 34. ISSN 2079-6439

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Textiles have been at the heart of human technological progress for thousands of years, with textile developments closely tied to key inventions that have shaped societies. The relatively recent invention of electronic textiles is set to push boundaries again and has already opened up the potential for garments relevant to defense, sports, medicine, and health monitoring. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the key innovative pathways in the development of electronic textiles to date using sources available in the public domain regarding electronic textiles (E-textiles); this includes academic literature, commercialized products, and published patents. The literature shows that electronics can be integrated into textiles, where integration is achieved by either attaching the electronics onto the surface of a textile, electronics are added at the textile manufacturing stage, or electronics are incorporated at the yarn stage. Methods of integration can have an influence on the textiles properties such as the drapability of the textile.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Fibers
Creators: Hughes-Riley, T., Dias, T. and Cork, C.R.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2018
Volume: 6
Number: 2
ISSN: 2079-6439
fib6020034Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Jun 2018 11:47
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 11:47
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33789

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