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Smart Clothing's Silver Lining

Posted June 06, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The biggest hurdle to functional smart clothing - apparel with integrated electronics to monitor your vital signs or power your smartphone - has been making the electronic components small enough to be unobtrusively incorporated into the fabric. Ohio State University researchers may have cleared that hurdle by embroidering circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision - the optimal size to integrate such components into clothing. They did it using a tabletop sewing machine and, instead of sewing with conventional thread, used fine silver metal wires.


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