13 Nov '17, 4pm

via @DesignNews

via @DesignNews

One limitation to wearable technology is the need for electronics and wiring that make so-called “smart” clothing not so comfortable to wear. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have found a way to make clothes smarter without on-board electronics using a new type of data-storing fabric that leverages technology already found in smartphones. The fabric eliminates one of the key reasons wearable technology and smart clothing hasn’t quite caught on yet, said Justin Chan, a doctoral student at UW who worked on the project. “One thing preventing the adoption of smart fabrics is the fact that they typically require an electronic chip or microcontroller to be attached to your clothing,” he explained to Design News. “This can be cumbersome as they require charging. By taking an electronic-free approach, we can create smart fabrics that are highly durable and waterpro...

Full article: https://www.designnews.com/electronics-test/smart-fabric-...

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