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New Paper-Based Flexible Supercapacitor for Powering Wearable Devices

Researchers from the U.S. and Korea used a simple layer-by-layer coating technique in order to develop a paper-based flexible supercapacitor capable of being used to help power wearable devices.

The device uses metallic nanoparticles for coating cellulose fibers in the paper, developing supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities - and the finest performance until now in a textile-based supercapacitor.   more

Electro Conductive Fiber Market Forecast Including Growth Factors, Types And Application By Regional Geography 2017

The “Electro Conductive Fiber Market” Report offers an inclusive and decision-making overview, including definitions, classifications and its applications. The Electro Conductive Fiber market is anticipated to reflect a positive growth trend in forthcoming years. The essential driving forces behind the growth and popularity of Electro Conductive Fiber market is analysed detailed in this report.   More

Another use for conductive fibers: The Next Generation Of Smart Bandage

"Smart bandage technology is something I’ve touched on a few times.  Most of the time, the technology has involved being able to monitor the health of a wound without ‘undressing’ the bandage.  Some take on a more active role however, such as administering insulin to manage blood glucose levels."   more

Researchers Combine Carbon Nanotubes and Nanocellulose to 3D Print Conductive Microfibers

D printing technology can only go as far as the different materials that are able to be printed&ldots;but from metal and plastic to sand and even food, I don’t think we have to worry about running out of possible 3D printing materials. Nanofibrillated cellulose (nanocellulose or NFC), a novel biomaterial with multiple industrial and scientific uses, is a protein that’s been used in wound care, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which are small tubes of carbon created on the nanoscale, have applications in industrial safety. Other than being 3D printable, what do these materials have in common? Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have answered that question, by combining CNTs and NFC to 3D print strong, conductive microfibers.    More

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New VOLT Smart Yarns Revolutionizes Conductive Yarn Marketplace

Global manufacturing leader of high-tech, innovative textiles, Supreme Corporation, introduces VOLT Smart Yarns, a revolutionary and highly conductive yarn for tomorrow’s advanced smart fabrics.

Capable of previously unattainable high levels of conductivity on the order of 1.9 Ohms per meter, each VOLT Smart Yarn contains up to four wires the diameter of a human hair. Engineered for use with commercial sewing machines, VOLT Smart Yarns can be woven or knitted into fabrics that heat, control switches and volume, interact with wireless technology and that can become sensors for impact and touch.   more

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A flexible and highly sensitive capacitive pressure sensor based on conductive fibers with a microporous dielectric for wearable electronics

In this study, a flexible and highly sensitive capacitive pressure sensor has been fabricated by coating a microporous polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomeric dielectric onto conductive fibers. Conductive fibers were prepared by depositing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in poly(styrene-block-butadiene-styrene) (SBS) polymer on the surface of Twaron fibers.    more

Graphene and CNTs: Commercialization after the hype

Graphene and CNT applications within the advanced composites sector are still at a relatively early stage of the commercialization process, but as the availability of materials or dispersions of consistent quality has increased, a number of composite materials and components are starting to incorporate these nanomaterials.   more

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Wearable sensors reach their first billion-dollar year, with growth coming in three waves

 By Mr James Hayward, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx    www.IDTechEx.com

IDTechEx predict that 2017 will be the first billion dollar year for wearable sensors. These critical components are central to the core value proposition in many wearable devices. The "Wearable Sensors 2018-2028: Technologies, Markets & Players" report includes IDTechEx's latest research and forecasts on this topic, collating over 3 years of work to provide a thorough characterisation and outlook for each type of sensor used in wearable products today.

Despite sales volumes from wearable products continuing to grow, creeping commoditisation squeezes margins, with hardware sales being particularly vulnerable. This has led to some consolidation in the industry, with several prominent failures and exits, and challenging time even amongst market leaders in each sector. As hardware margins are squeezed, business models are changing to increasingly focus on the valuable data generated once a device is worn. Sensors are responsible for the collection and quality of that data, so understanding the capabilities and limitations of different sensor platforms is critical to understanding the progress of the industry as a whole.

In the report, IDTechEx address 21 different types of wearable sensor across 9 different categories as follows: Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), optical sensors, electrodes, force/pressure/stretch sensors, temperature sensors, microphones, GPS, chemical & gas sensors & others. Hundreds of examples from throughout the report cover a breadth of technology readiness, ranging from long-established industries to early proof-of-concepts. The report contains information about the activities of over 115 different companies, with primary content (including interviews, exhibition or site visits by the authors) to more than 80 different companies, large and small.

IDTechEx describe wearable sensors in three waves. The first wave includes sensors that have been incorporated in wearable for many years, often being originally developed for wearable products decades ago, and existing as mature industries today. A second wave of wearable sensors came following huge technology investment in smartphones. Many of the sensors from smartphones could be easily adapted for use in wearable products; they could be made-wearable. Finally, as wearable technology hype and investment peaked, many organisations identified many sensor types that could be developed specifically with wearable products in mind. These made-for-wearable sensors often remain in the commercial evaluation or relatively early commercial sales today, but some examples are already becoming significant success stories.

Billions of wearable electronic products are already sold each year today. Many have already experienced significant hardware commoditisation, with tough competition driving prices down. Even as wearable devices become more advanced, introducing more sensors and better components to enhance value propositions, lessons of history tell us that hardware will always be prone to commoditisation. As this happens the role of sensors only becomes more important; with hardware prices being constantly squeezed, increasing proportions of the value that companies can capture from products will be from the data that the products can generate.

The key hardware component for capturing this data is the sensors, so understanding the development and prospects of sensors today is critical to predicting the potential for this entire industry in the future. "Wearable Sensors 2018-2028: Technologies, Markets & Players" is written to address the needs of any company or individual looking to gain a clearer, independent perspective on the outlook for various types of wearable sensor. The report answers detailed questions about technology, markets and industry trends, and supported by years of primary research investment collated and distilled within.

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New development- Electricity from Yarns

Highly twisted coiled carbon nanotube yarns termed “twistron,” generate electricity efficiently.

A team of international scientists from the United States, South Korea and China led by researchers at The University of Texas-Dallas (UT Dallas) and Hanyang University, South Korea have reported in Science magazine that these harvester yarns in electrochemical environment can transform mechanical energy to electricity without any external voltage source, in other words without the need of external batteries.  link

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Three-Dimensional Highly Stretchable Conductors from Elastic Fiber Mat with Conductive Polymer Coating

The manufacture of stretchable conductors with well-reserved electrical performance under large-degree deformations via scalable processes remains of great importance. In this work, a highly stretchable 3D conductive framework consisted of polyurethane fiber mat (PUF) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is reported through facile approaches, electrospinning and in situ interfacial polymerization, which was then backfilled with poly(dimethylsiloxane) to obtain 3D conductors. The excellent stretchability of the 3D conductive network imparted the as-prepared electrode superior mechanical durability. What’s more, the applied strains can be effectively accommodated by the arrangement and orientation of the fibers resulting in relatively stable electrical performance with only 20% increased resistance at 100% stretching. Meanwhile, the resistance of the conductor could keep constant during 2000 times of bending and showed slightly increase during 100 times of 50% stretching. The potential in the applications of large-area stretchable electrodes were demonstrated by the construction of LED arrays with the PUF based conductors as electrical connections.   link

 

 

Touch-Sensitive Fibers Eyed for Use in Wearable Devices
Touch-sensitive technology could be coming to wearables thanks to new elastic fibers developed by researchers at North Carolina State University.  Touchscreen-like capability may be coming to wearables thanks to new touch-sensitive elastic fibers developed by researchers at North Carolina State University.

A team of scientists at the university have developed soft and stretchable fibers that can detect touch, strain, and twisting, said Michael Dickey, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. The fibers—which are microscopic—could be useful for integrating electronics in new places, including wearable technology, he said.

(more)     ALSO   here.

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Could Bacteria-Coated Nanofiber Electrodes be Key to Cleaning Polluted Water?

Researchers from Cornell University have recently discovered a cost-effective and unique method of cleaning wastewater. Bioelectrochemical engineers and material scientists made nano fiber electrodes from electro-spun carbon then covered them in PEDOT, a conductive polymer. This coating allowed a certain type of bacteria, *Geobacter sulfurreducens, to be applied electrically. The entire process takes several hours until it forms an easily visible sheet of nanofibers.  (more)

 

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Wearable Touch Sensors: Stretchable Conductive Fibers
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created conductive and stretchable wires that can sense torsion (twisting), strain (elongation), and touch. The video only shows the latter mode of sensing in which the metal inside the fibers detects touch via changes in capacitance. Touch screens on smart phones and tablets utilize similar principles, which are implemented here in a stretchable fiber form factor. These types of sensors may be useful for stretchable electronics, soft robotics, and electronic textiles.

The fibers in the first portion of the video are silicone, but the fibers used in the publication (and the latter portion of the video) are Hytrel. The liquid metal is EGaIn (eutectic gallium indium), which is liquid metal at room temperature and is considered to have low toxicity.  
The paper, “Stretchable Capacitive Sensors of Torsion, Strain, and Touch Using Double Helix Liquid Metal Fibers,” is published online in Advanced Functional Materials.
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Making wires of polymers chains

Researchers model new route to molecular wires suitable for use in miniature electronics  read the story

PAPER could be the future of electronics: Researchers reveal radical low cost printing method that could revolutionize flexible devices
It's made by coating paper with soft ionic gels, making it electrically conductive.   It costs $1.30 per square meter and 30 meters of it could be made per minute.
When an electrical current is applied to the paper, it glows bright blue.   Read more:

Fed grant backs nanofiber development: Rice University joins Department of Energy 'Next Generation Machines' initiative

Rice University scientists who developed conductive fibers made entirely of carbon nanotubes will enhance their invention with the aid of a grant from the Department of Energy.   Read the release here

A Better Material for Flexible Electronics

Recently a group of researchers at the University of Illinois College of Engineering have developed a type of textile made of thin carbon nanotubes (CNT) that is highly conductive and has a toughness that is about 50 times higher that current copper films used nowadays. Carbon nanotubes are tiny cylinders of graphene with a diameter of few nanometers (nm) – this is about 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. Even with size, CNT are much stronger that steel of carbon fiber, more conductive than copper and lighter than aluminum. However, to assemble and weaving nanotubes to create a particular structure is very difficult given their sizes and the difficulty in controlling their geometry.    more

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Touch-sensitive fibers put new twist on controlling electronic devices

We're used to touchscreens, but now researchers have created new, touch-sensitive fibers that can be used to interact with electronic devices. The microscopic fibers are soft, stretchable and capable of detecting touch, strain and twisting, all of which could lead to new sorts of wearable devices and sensing applications.

The fibers created at North Carolina State University are made of a extremely thin strands of a tube-like polymer filled with a liquid metal alloy of eutectic gallium and indium (EGaIn). The strands are a few hundred microns in diameter, or just a little thicker than a human hair.   more

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Circuitex® Conductive Technology Advances Design Flexibility in Smart Apparel

SCRANTON, Pa., Feb. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Biomaterials, Inc., a global leader in conductive solutions for smart textiles applications, has collaborated with Bemis Associates to develop a seamless, conductive advanced material that allows for simple and durable integration of electronics into apparel.

This fully-bonded, conductive material is engineered with Noble's Circuitex® technology and provides for the detection, transmission and protection of electronic signals in a soft and flexible format. Its unique construction provides designers with complete freedom to design smart garments with integrated stretch and durability using Bemis Sewfree® Bonding.   more

 

How researchers created twisted semiconductors for 3D projection

Editor comment:  We've long maintained that we expect entire circuits to be embedded in a fiber, just like a highway has gas stations, traffic lights, etc. enroute.

A team of chemical engineers guided the attachment of small semiconductor nanoparticles to each other by learning from nature’s very own twisted structures: DNA and proteins

Researchers at the University of Michigan and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel teamed up to discover a way to mass-produce spiral semiconductors that can produce 3D images. In the future, this could mean that smartphones and other consumer electronics devices could be capable of producing 3D images.   more

Are smart textiles ready for the real world? 

Over the past decade, there has been a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Read more

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Conductive Yarn Industry Report introduced a Market Segment, Product Types, with Sales, Revenue, Price, Market Share and Growth, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, Size, Share, Demand, Analysis, Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast 2016 to 2021

Global Conductive Yarn Industry 2016 is an analytical research report that delves into the dynamics of the global Conductive Yarn industry.It presents an executive-level blueprint of the market with key focus on its operations in globe. In a lucid chapter-wise format, the report presents the historical statistics of the Conductive Yarn market in addition to studying the competitive landscape. The purpose of this study is to present a comprehensive overview of the market for industry participants. Key findings of this report will help companies operating in the Conductive Yarn market to identify the opportunities that they can capitalize on to propel growth.

The study analyzes the Conductive Yarn industry in detail. To begin with, it enumerates the primary market operations, evaluating the nature and specific characteristics of products and services it provides. In the following chapters, the study classifies the Conductive Yarn market in terms of its varied product types, applications, network of supply chain, and geography. Based on the market segmentation, the report analyzes the competitive landscape of the Conductive Yarn market and lays down the development status of key regions in globally.   MORE

Knitted muscle could power the supersuits of the future

Knitting isn’t just for grandmas: Scientists are using the process to make artificial muscle that moves more like we do. In a study published today in Science Advances, researchers created a textile actuator, or textuator—a new kind of smart fabric that can control movement. They coated cellulose (an organic compound found in plant cell walls that makes up everything from plastic to cotton fibers) “yarn” with a special polymer called polypyrrole that shifts and stretches in response to electricity. The team found that woven smart yarn was able to withstand great force, whereas a knitted pattern was able to stretch.   more

 

Self-healing, stretchable, transparent and conductive ionic conductor                     THIS IS BIG
Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots.

According to information provided by UCR, the findings, recently published in the journal Advanced Material, represent the first time scientists have created an ionic conductor (materials that ions can flow through) that is transparent, mechanically stretchable and self-healing. Ionic conductors are a class of materials with key roles in energy storage, solar energy conversion, sensors and electronic devices.   more

 

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Progress for solar powered smart textiles
The breakthrough, which on a technical level is similar to the recent ‘solar textile’ advances at the Georgia Institute of Technology, could in theory turn garments into wearable, solar powered batteries which never need to be plugged in. It’s been suggested that these types of developments have the potential to one day revolutionise the wearable technology industry – particularly in the world of military textiles where heavy and bulky batteries are always looking to be replaced.  more

 

Research: self-charging fibres for smart textiles
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US and the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China claim to have made the first hybrid self-charging power textile system that can harvest both solar energy and the mechanical energy from a person’s movements. These energies can then be stored as chemical energy in fibre-shaped supercapacitors.   more

 

Medical textiles: what’s next?
Health in hands,” is one of the catch phrases that illustrate a new focus in health care today. Proactive health care by monitoring and managing health issues continues to gain broader acceptance, particularly in developed and developing economies. Textiles of many kinds enhance health care products and contribute to the next phase of improvements.   More

 

DuPont Microcircuit Materials Introduces Pure Copper Conductive Ink
Offers More Cost-effective Design Flexibility for Today’s Printed Electronics
Research Triangle Park, N.C., Nov. 14, 2014 – DuPont Microcircuit Materials (DuPont) is introducing its first pure copper conductive ink for photonic curing, DuPont™ PE510 copper conductor.  DuPont™ PE510 is a cost-effective alternative to silver conductor inks for a variety of possible applications and is the newest product in a suite of conductive ink materials specifically tailored for use in certain types of antenna, membrane touch switch (MTS), radio-frequency identification (RFID), and consumer electronic applications.  more

Also, see article about stretchable inks: here

IPC Meeting on Standards for Textiles and Stretchable/Wearable Printed Electronics was held in late December.  Contact us for a report of that meeting.

Bendy artificial muscle is made of pure nylon, still stronger than you

An  MIT breakthrough allows engineers to create artificial muscles that bend by simply heating nylon fibers.  more    Thisit is an exciting breakthrough, and the editor wonders if artificial nerves can't also be created with conducitve fibers.

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Textile Generates Power from Sun and Motion

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a fabric that can harvest energy from sunshine and motion.
The hybrid power textile combines these two types of electricity generation into a single fabric. It could help pave the way for manufacturing apparel and other products that could provide their own source of energy to power smart phones, global positioning systems, or other devices.  more  ...
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Intel is laying off a major portion of its wearables group

Intel is denying that the company is stepping back from wearables, though has not directly commented on the layoff news. Here is the company’s statement in full  (more)

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Graphene-fed silkworms produce super-strong, electrically conductive silk

Here's an unsual story:  Scientists may have found another use for silk. Previously, the natural protein fiber was predominantly used in the textile industry. Researchers have now observed that the properties of silk can be manipulated if silkworm larvae are fed a new-age diet consisting of graphene and carbon nanotubes.  Read more

Rice University Researchers Find Ways to Improve Graphene Nanoribbons

For decades, carbon fiber has been considered as a pillar of strength in the field of materials manufacturing. Rice University scientists are now finding ways to improve these carbon fibers to enhance its properties.

The scientists discovered that the polymer chains that develop a common carbon fiber are susceptible to misalignment during the manufacturing process. This misalignment is considered as a defect that the researchers compared to a faulty zipper that leads to weakening of the product.  (Picture and more)

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Here's a Patent for Metalized Coating of Optical Fibers

Interesting patent, details.  By the way, one of our members might have a simpler method.  Give us a call.

 

Highly Conductive and Flexible Fiber for Textile Electronics Obtained by Extremely Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of Pt

Sparse details at: link

Scientists Use Bacteria to Create Super-Thin Electrical Wires

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has sponsored a team of scientists that has genetically modified a common soil bacteria and used it create electrical wires-- thousands of times thinner than a human hair-- that can conduct electricity.

Shrinking electronics is not a new concept. As electronic devices expand function and applications, researchers seek technology that is smaller, faster and more powerful than ever before. With that research, advances in nanotechnology that allow industry experts to manufacture materials that are only billionths of a meter in thickness, have become possible.  more

Industry Standards Update! 

Previously we raised the issue of standards for conductive fibers.  We also noted that discussions are underway at US Department of Commerce, and IFAI on developing standards.  Now we are joined by IPC (formerly Institute for Printed Circuits) who has developed a Flexible Hybrid Electronics Committee.  We are involved with them also, and this is a call to our members who wish to be involved.  Do contact us; and also we will be sending you update emails.

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A Chemist and a Designer Team Up to Weave Solar Panels Into Fabric

For years, fabric designer Marianne Fairbanks made solar-charged handbags. Her company, Noon Solar, was geared toward the high-end, urban-based fashion market and, at its peak, was selling in 30 stores in the United States and Canada. While Noon Solar closed its doors in 2010, Fairbanks, who joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 as an assistant professor in the school of human ecology, was still intrigued with the concept of solar design.

Once she arrived on campus, Fairbanks discovered Trisha Andrew, an assistant professor of organic chemistry now at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Andrew’s specialty is in developing low-cost, lightweight solar cells. Specifically, she had created an organic dye-based solar cell on paper.

The collaboration between the two began with an innocent phone call.

“I asked Trish,” says Fairbanks, “if we could apply her idea that she’d used on paper onto a textile. And that’s how our project started.”   Read more.

 

Global metal coated fiber market likely to grow with double-digit rate during 2016 to 2021

Stratview Research announces the addition of a new market research report on Global Metal Coated Fiber Market by Material Type (Nickel, Copper, Aluminum, and Others), by Application Type (EMI Shielding, LSP/ESD, and Others ),by Form of Use (Adhesive Tape, Surface Film, and Conductive Prepreg), by Plating Type (Electroless Plating, Electroplating, and Others), by Sales Channel (Direct Sales and Distributors), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World), Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Opportunity: 2016-2021. This market report from Stratview Research studies the global metal coated fiber market over the period 2010 to 2021. The research report provides detailed insights on the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.    more

 

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Conductive Composites opens second fiber coating line

 
Proof of growth, Conductive Composites Heber City, Utah, announced the addition of a second coated fiber line to its production plant in Cleveland, Utah. “Adding a second coating line to our production plant will essentially double our material supply capabilities to meet demand which has increased dramatically in the past six months,” said Ray Chatelin, vice president of operations.

“Our new fiber plant opened about a year ago and we have already received enough demand to necessitate adding a second production line. I think this speaks to the market need for our materials and products and the value we deliver to our customers,” stated Nathan Hansen, president of Conductive Composites. “This expansion would not be possible without our government partners and federal programs like Title III and SBIR. Additional materials will go to support defense applications, the commercialization of products developed during these programs, and growing commercial business sales.”   more

 

Micro-Coax Acquired

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) today announced the acquisition of Micro-Coax, Inc., a leading global supplier of high-performance, high frequency coaxial wire and cable, and cable assemblies for mission-critical RF/microwave applications for defense, satellite, test and measurement and other industrial customers.

With annual sales of approximately $45 million and 235 employees, Micro-Coax has manufacturing facilities in Pottstown, PA and a joint venture operation in Blackburn, UK. The company has been in business for over 50 years and is a supplier to the world’s leading defense, aerospace and electronics companies. Micro-Coax designs, manufactures and sells customized, high-reliability wire and cable for signal transmission on defense, space and satellite platforms and in high-end industrial equipment. The company’s well-known brands include UTiFLEX® flexible microwave cable assemblies, UTiFORM® hand formable cable, M-FLEX® cable assemblies and ARACON® metal clad fiber.  more

LG Innotek unveils flexible textile pressure sensors

LG Innotek today announced a development of new concept textile flexible pressure sensors. This sensor senses pressure from the entire surface of the sensor and it is even bendable. Read more

"Smart Shirt" Keeps IndyCar Racer Kanaan on Track

Another example of a smart shirt in action--using conductive fibers, of course.  Read the Dalas story here

Microsoft Mood Shirt Reacts To and Influences Feelings.

Conductive fibers and smart fabrics are increasing in importance every day.  Read the story here.

Hyper-Giant Conductivity Observed at Room Temperature

Berlin/IDTechEx: Hyper-Giant Conductivity Observed at Room Temperature in metal/carbon compouind materials using 3-D lithoography with x,y, and t beam control for this Koops-GranMat®, process.   Koops-GranMat® can replace cooled superconducting materials in present appications and will revolutionaze electronics, THz switching, photonics, and energy transport.  For information contact Hans W. P. Koops in Ober-Ramstadt, Germany hans.koops@t-online.de

Dr. Koops and your editor spent considerable time toegther in Berlin, and we feel this process might be truly revolutionary.

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U.S. Consortium Commits $317 Million for Advanced Textiles Development

A newly-announced private/public collaboration will invest $317 million towards developing the next generation of textile innovations in the United States.

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Defense, a consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities, industry and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will form the New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub. The consortium – operating as Advanced Functional Fabrics of America – will be leading the research work, under the management of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Department of Defense will invest $75 million in the program, which will be combined with nearly $250 million in contributions from non-federal entities to fund the next generation fiber-textile chain research. Leading technology firms such as Bose, Intel and many innovative textile companies are involved in the effort.

The new revolutionary fiber institute is the eighth manufacturing innovation hub initiative by President Obama administered through the U.S. Department of Defense. These institutes are aimed at developing high-tech sectors in the U.S. to enable them to be competitive, especially in the manufacturing sector.  citation

Hemp waste fibers form basis of supercapacitor more conductive than graphene 

Comprised of a lone hexagonal honeycomb lattice layer of tightly packed carbon atoms, graphene is one of the strongest, lightest, and most conductive compounds ever discovered. Bottom line, it’s an extraordinary composite. However, a scientist from New York’s Clarkson University says he’s found a way to manufacture hemp waste into a material “better than graphene.” Moreover, the scientist — known to his peers as Dr. David Mitlin — says creating this graphene-like hemp material costs but a minuscule fraction of what it takes to produce graphene.  more

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Textile Electronics Standards Workshop to be Held at NC State University

A workshop that will be held at the campus of North Carolina State University on the topic of standards for wearable devices, to be held March 8th and 9th.  One entire day of the workshop will be focused on standards for textile electronics.   Here is a link to the workshop....http://www.assistworkshops.com/wearable-standards/ .

The Iron Stepping Stones To Better Wearable Tech Without Semiconductors
The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). The new material is the subject of a study published in Scientific Reports in February, led by Yoke Khin Yap, a professor of physics at Michigan Technological University.  Yap says the iron-studded BNNTs are pushing the boundaries of electronics hardware. The transistors modulating electron flow need an upgrade.  More

 

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New Type of Nanowires, Built with Natural Gas Heating

A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently pioneered in developing a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique that uses self-catalytic growth process assisted by thermal decomposition of natural gas. According to the research team, this method is simple, reproducible, size-controllable, and cost-effective in that lithium-ion batteries could also benefit from it.  read more

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Fiber Optics Transmit Data and Power Over Same Cable

In the latest attempt to confront the growing power demands of wireless communications, a research team from the University of Electro-Communications in Japan has invented a fiber optic system that transmits both data and power over the same cable.  The research team, led by Motoharu Matsuura, has shown that the new system is capable of sending up to 60 watts over a distance of 300 meters. The researchers suggest that the fiber optic cable would be ideal for the growing infrastructure behind small cells—low-power, short-range radio terminals that backhaul data from the edge of a wireless network.  read more

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Breakthrough enables ultra fast transport of electrical charges in polymers

A research team at Umeå University has showed, for the first time, that a very efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers is possible by controlled chain and crystallite orientation. These pioneering results, which enhance charge transport in polymers by more than 1,000 times, have implications for organic opto-electronic devices and were recently published in the journal Advanced Materials.  more

Micro-Coax Announces Price Reduction on ARACON Fibers and Braids

Micro-Coax announced today that the company has significantly reduced prices, as much as forty percent, on ARACON fibers and braids.  more    This is major news in this marketplace!

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Nano-Coating makes Coaxial Cables Lighter:  Rice University scientists replace metal with carbon nanotubes for aerospace use

Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of Professor Matteo Pasquali has developed a coating that could replace the tin-coated copper braid that transmits the signal and shields the cable from electromagnetic interference. The metal braid is the heaviest component in modern coaxial data cables.- See more   This could be a game changer if the coatings are robust.

500 LEDs Bring an Interactive Textile to Life

Fabric can be so much more than just the materials we use to keep ourselves clothed and warm. Fabric can be alive. And 29-year-old Swedish textile designer Malin Bobeck is an artist who breathes life into fabric. We last covered her work while she was still a student at the Swedish School of Textiles, weaving glowing fabrics with optical fibers.   The  story  This is really exciting!

Shocking! 'Electric Eel' Fibers Could Power Wearable Tech

Stretchy fibers that mimic electric eels could be woven into clothing to power wearable technology one day, new research suggests.  In experiments, these flexible fibers produced enough power to run electronic lights and watches.  Read more...

Conductive Silicon is Used to Make Flexible Circuits
https://hackaday.com/2016/01/07/conductive-silicone-makes-flexible-circuits/

Can Carbon Nanotubes Replace Copper?

This is the BIG question!  Now, a new technology, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), is emerging that could someday become a lightweight alternative to copper wire or conductive shielding in automotive, aerospace and defense applications.  A carbon nanotube is composed of a single layer of carbon atoms in a cylindrical configuration. The tubes can be single-walled or multiwalled. CNTs have been constructed with a length-to-diameter ratio of up to 132,000,000-to-1.  read the article

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Manufacturing Wearable Computers with 3D-Printed Textiles 

3D Printing leading to conductive textiles andwearable printed computers.  The majority of current smart textiles have conductive fibers which are either woven or knitted into the material during production or applied to the ... more  (The company also now has a listing on our Product & Manufacturers Directory.)

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE FIBERS AS A DATA INTERFACE

United States Patent Application 20150380843 Abstract: An apparatus and method for using conductive adhesive fibers as a data interface are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: a first array of conductive adhesive fiber fastener pads configured for attachment to a first item; a second array of conductive adhesive fiber fastener pads configured for attachment to a second item, each pad of the first and second array being fabricated with a hook or loop removable fastener, each removable fastener being electrically conductive, the first array of pads being arranged to align with the second array of pads to create a plurality of independent electrical connections when the first item is removably attached to the second item, the plurality of independent electrical connections establishing a data interface connection between the first item and the second item.  link

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LiU researchers create electronic plants

Using semi-conductive polymers, both analog and digital electronic circuits can be created inside living flowers, bushes and trees, as researchers at Linköping University Laboratory for Organic Electronics have shown. The results are being published in Science Advances.

With the help of the channels that distribute water and nutrients in plants, the research group at the Laboratory for Organic Electronics, under the leadership of Professor Magnus Berggren, have built the key components of electronic circuits. In an article in Science Advances, they show how roses can produce both analog and digital electronic circuits, which over the long term could be used, for example, to regulate the plant’s physiology.   more

Editor's comments:  Now the big question is whether we, as a species, will have the wisdom to use this for good or for evil.

Bonded wire suits medical apps

Anomet Medical Implant Wire combines two or three metals on the interior and exterior, which are metallurgically bonded to achieve properties not available in a single alloy. Suited for coils, micro coils, electrodes, and leads requiring such properties as a conductive interior with a bio-compatible exterior, or high strength and corrosion resistance, the wire is said to provide greater ductility and formability than filled or plated wire.   link

Patent pending conductive fiber/textile transistor available for licensing

The Italian National Research Council announces a patent pending technology available for licensing.    The proposed  invention relates to a conductive fiber material that has been obtained starting from a textile fiber, that can be natural or artificial.   Such fiber can be modified by functionalization with metal nanoparticles and by treatment with a conductive polymer.  Both these treatments contribute to make this fiber conductive at the level of a metal wire, thus enabling the use of these fibers for making electrical connections in textile forms.

In addition, starting from this fiber, also the concept of textile transistor has been developed, thus providing the basic block of any complex electronic circuit in textile form.    PFor information, contact:  Paolo Foà. Managing partner, N&G Consulting, Technology Transfer and Licensing; Corso Di Porta Vittoria, 9; 20122 Milano - Italy
Phone +39 02 362161   Fax +39 02 36216366   Email p.foa@ngpatent.it    www.ngconsulting.it

 

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE INDUSTRIAL FABRICS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL TO HOST FIRST-EVER SMART FABRICS SUMMIT

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Sensing a Change: Q&A with Deepak Prakash, Global Director of Marketing for Digital Health at Vancive Medical Technologies

As the Council has discussed previously, this is an area ripe for innovation and inclusion of conductive fibers.  Read Deepak's article here.

Drew Freed Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Micro-Coax
August 31, 2015 (Pottstown, Pa.) . Micro-Coax, a leading cable manufacturer for over 50 years who specializes in high quality custom transmission line solutions, today announced its Chief Operating Officer, Drew Freed, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Micro-Coax.  Mr. Kneizys stepped down after 26 years of dedication and service to the company.  Release

Beki-Shield® stainless steel fibers for conductive plastics

Beki-Shield® is a stainless steel filler material used in plastic compounds to provide electrical conductive properties.  They can be used as a master-batch and have been designed for easy dispersion into the polymer matrix for both injection molding (dry blend) and for compounding. Beki-Shield® is also available in rovings.  information

Flexible sensors come to market thanks to tens of millions of investment

 
Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than rigid sensors.  $75 million was recently awarded by the US Department of Defense to establish a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for flexible hybrid electronics in San Jose, California. Under the acronym FHE MII, this new entity will follow a hub and node approach managed by the FlexTech Alliance.  more

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Functional catalyst for alternative fuel source by depositing nanosheets on a flexible carbon cloth

 
Researchers have explored molybdenum-based catalysts, notably MoS2, as a potential various electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reactions. Research of MoS2 nanoparticles show that catalysis happens on edges or at defect websites. Because of this controlling the MoS2 morphology might result in controlling its catalytic exercise. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless a number of obstacles to creating MoS2 a possible industrial materials.   more

 

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in 3-D

The research holds potential for increased energy storage in high efficiency batteries and supercapacitors, increasing the efficiency of energy conversion in solar cells, for lightweight thermal coatings and more. The study is published today in the online journal Science Advances.  more

 

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New Layering Process Brings Graphene's 2D Properties to the 3D World

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have taken a significant step towards transforming high quality 2D graphene sheets into 3D macroscopic structures that could be used for applications such as thermal management for high power electronics, structural composites, flexible and stretchable electrodes for energy storage, sensors, and membranes.

In research published in the journal Science, the RPI researchers developed a new layered structure for graphene that addresses the problem of achieving the mechanical strength of graphene in its 3D form while maintaining its attractive thermal and electrical properties in its 2D form.    read more

 

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Capacitive Fabrics Are Creating Batteries You Can Wear

As wearable devices become more and more numerous, they are going to need convenient new power sources so we don’t have dozens of chargers plugged in around our homes. The efforts toward pursuing a solution to this problem generally fall into two areas: means of generating, or harvesting energy on the go, and a way of storing that energy that goes beyond what we think of as batteries today.

A team at Drexel University has developed a "capacitive yarn" essentially tranforms fabric into an energy storage device by embedding functional materials into textile fibers at the molecular level. This was made possible through a process called natural fiber welding (NFW), which was developed by Paul C. Trulove at the US Naval Academy, who collaborated on the project.   more

Nanotube Fibers May Restore Electrical Health To Damaged Hearts And Disrupted Brain Communication
The Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Rice University — both Houston-based, have jointly received a prestigious American Heart Association grant. The three-year, $750,000 grant will support THI and Rice researchers in a study and test of soft, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes. The scientists say these fibers’ ability to bridge electrical gaps in tissue is a groundbreaking discovery that offers new hope to millions of people affected by cardiac arrhythmias — that is, any irregularity in the heart’s natural rhythms.  Read more     also here  

Super-stretchy fibers made by wrapping carbon nanotubes around rubber 

(Nanowerk News) An international research team based at The University of Texas at Dallas has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length and whose electrical conductivity increases 200-fold when stretched.   Read more.      Be sure to watch the video, and more here.   .

Conductive Composites

Nate Hansen and George Hansen owners and founders of Conductive Composites gave the group a tour of their manufacturing line and described how they manufacture shielded wire and other things. They reinforce plastic with carbon fiber which increases the strength. Conductive Composites makes materials that shield digital electronics from outside electronic signals. Conductive Composites is currently in the process of moving a manufacturing line from the Green River plant to the Cleveland plant.  The article

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Researchers Fabricate Electrically Conductive Nanocomposite Laminate with Less Graphene Loading

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new method for commercial-scale fabrication of graphene. This could lead to significant advances in flexible electronics, and could possibly change the manner in which graphene is viewed and utilized.  The story

 

Tiny wires could provide a big energy boost
Yarns of niobium nanowire can make supercapacitors to provide a surge of energy when it’s needed.  By David L. Chandler | MIT News Office  more

Fibers Made by Transforming Materials
This is the kind of thing that excites some of our members and keeps us going--ed.  New approach could enable low-cost silicon devices in fibers that could be made into fabrics.  more

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New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances
Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature.  read more

Google Wants You to Control Your Gadgets with Finger Gestures, Conductive Clothing
New Google technology addresses the tiny screen problem by letting you control wearables with tiny gestures, or by touching your clothes.   Read it here

Conductive Fiber Used for Google Pocket Mouse
The Council is prod to share a major use of conductive fiber:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/2928814/hands-on-googles-project-jacquard-plans-to-turn-your-jacket-into-a-trackpad.html

Unlocking the creation of wearable electronic devices
An international team of scientists, including Prof. Monica Craciun from the Univ. of Exeter, have pioneered a new technique to embed transparent, flexible graphene electrodes into fibers commonly associated with the textile industry.  The discovery could revolutionize the creation of wearable electronic devices, such as clothing containing computers, phones and MP3 players, which are lightweight, durable and easily transportable.  more

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Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Carbon Fiber, Source: DOE
The next generation of carbon fiber composites could reduce passenger car weight by 50 percent and improve fuel efficiency by about 35 percent without compromising performance or safety — an advancement that would save more than $5,000 in fuel over the life of the car at today’s gasoline prices.   Read more

ORNL demonstrates first large-scale graphene fabrication

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 14, 2015 -- One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a method demonstrated by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Graphene, a material stronger and stiffer than carbon fiber, has enormous commercial potential but has been impractical to employ on a large scale, with researchers limited to using small flakes of the material.  more

Graphene paint could power homes of the future

Editorial conmment:  This is really exciting.  Now let's put this on a fiber and get a fiber circuit.   the story 

 

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The Economist magazine publishes overview article about conductive fibers and your trade association.
Woven electronics.  An uncommon thread.

Conductive fibres: From lighter aircraft to electric knickers, flexible filaments raise a wide range of interesting possibilities...    Read the story here.

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