National Physical Laboratory

Smart Textiles

A novel approach towards integrated electronics has the potential to exploit new opportunities in the textile market.

Smart fabric connected to a power source conducting electrical charge through a LED
Smart fabric connected to a power source
conducting electrical charge through a LED

At NPL the Electronics Interconnection group has developed a new method to produce conductive textiles. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical by enabling lightweight circuits to be printed directly onto complete garments.

The nano silver material is chemically bonded to the fabric, encapsulating the fibres and providing full coverage. The resulting textile demonstrates good adhesion, flexibility and is stretchable achieving excellent resistivity of 0.2 Ω/sq.

The applications for the smart textile produced by NPL would support the sports, health, medicine, consumer electronics and fashion industries.

This innovation demonstrates the advance of smart textiles and its potential to meet the demand of growing applications.

The video below shows the textile in action:

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Contact

For more information, please contact Chris Hunt
or Roya Ashayer-Soltani (E: roya.ashayer-soltani@npl.co.uk  |  T: 020 8943 6390)

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2013
Created: 24 Jul 2013