According to Professor Tilak Dias, Professor of Knitting, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, the current generation of textiles, including technical textiles, are passive. However the next generation of textiles will have the ability to monitor their environment and interact accordingly in order to accomplish a pre-programmed functionality. Rita Arafa reports.

Environmentally aware textiles can be considered as truly smart textiles and they would consist of three basic elements:

  • sensing and measuring capability;
  • activation capability;
  • intelligence (programming capability).

One of the solutions for incorporating the above components into a textile material is to create electrically active zones within ...

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