Overcoming the Limitations of Smart Fabrics

An international team of scientists led by the UK’s University of Cambridge have produced a fully woven smart textile display that integrates active electronic, sensing, energy and photonic functions.

The functions are embedded directly into the fibres and yarns, which are manufactured using textile-based industrial processes.

The researchers say their approach could lead to curtains that are also TVs, energy-harvesting carpets, and interactive, self-powered clothing and fabrics. This is the first time that a scalable large-area complex system has been integrated into textiles using an entirely fiber-based manufacturing approach.