Sensitive Fiber Thread to Introduce Diagnostic Capabilities Into Clothing

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At the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) researchers have developed a smart thread capable of sensing tiny changes of pressure and strain that are placed on it. The technology should have implications for the development of new kinds of sensors and for the realization of smart clothing that can detect heart beats, breathing, and other health parameters.

The fiber threads are extremely flexible and elastic, made of an elastomer within which electrodes and other tiny devices and materials can be fairly easily integrated. The EPFL team has already managed to build the threads into robotic fingers and clothes to make them considerably “smarter” than their boring old conventional versions.

Here’s a video from EPFL about this latest research:

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