Stretchy conductive ink places computing energy in your garments
These goals of getting computer systems in your clothes is perhaps extra lifelike than you assume. Japanese researchers have developed a printable conductive ink that maintains a circuit even if you stretch material to 3 occasions its normal size — you would have athletic gear with hidden exercise trackers, sensors and different computing units. The hot button is a cautious mixture of fluorine, an natural solvent and silver flakes which, when mixed, retains transmitting electrical energy even beneath heavy abuse.
The present prototype for the ink, a wristband that tracks muscle motion, is fairly crude. You’d want a lot smaller circuitry earlier than your attire replaces your step counter or smartwatch. Nevertheless, it solely takes one step to print the ink. As such, it would be comparatively straightforward to supply on the massive scales you want for shirts and wristbands. Sensible health clothes already exists, however this invention would make it each extra commercially viable and a heck of much more snug.
[Image credit: Takao Someya/University of Tokyo]