Wearable electronics available in today’s market are without a doubt one of the most futuristic aspects of our tech industry. But at the same time, all these wearables are still not exactly as we imagined them to be. Awkward to carry and uneven in shape, all these wearables have long way to go before they reach their full potential and can actually satisfy our imaginations.
This may not be the case for long as new innovations are improving the technology with great speed. One of these new innovations was patented just recently. This technology is a step forward in the field of wearable garments as it assembles the electronic systems directly into the fabric. This is a huge development in this sector as this technology has opened up new avenues of possibilities. A startup based in United Kingdom is behind this innovation. This startup called Pireta has developed this technology as a free form of printed circuit process. This process will enable the electronic circuitry to be woven into the fabric directly.
“Wearable technology is on the cusp of a major transformation. Wearable products are evolving from rigid devices – such as smartwatches and wrist bands – toward genuinely wearable smart garments based on electronic textiles or ‘e-textiles’,” A news release by Pireta claimed.
“Unlike existing methods, our technology has no impact on the handle, drape, stretch or breathability of the fabric, enabling a new generation of truly wearable smart garments and e-textiles.” It added.
This technology is developed keeping our daily use of fabric in view. A very strong but thin layer of metal is attached on microscopic level into the fabric. This raises the level of conductivity without compromising any attributes of the fabric.
“Applicable to a wide range of textiles and fabrics, Pireta’s process can be applied in wearable and e-textile applications targeted at numerous sectors, including healthcare, defense, sport, and fashion,” the firm explained.