“Battery cloth” — a new word in the creation of smart clothes and wearable electronics

To date, the main constraint to the development of smart clothes and wearable electronics, is the lack of light, versatile and durable sources of power, the traditional lithium-ion batteries are not suitable for these purposes. But very soon all about to change thanks to the development of scientists from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. They developed a method of creating energy storage system that easily integrates into clothes by “stitching elements supply”.

The development is a group of researchers led by chemist Tricia Andrew. Their product is a solid-state battery on the basis of Minturno super-capacitor and conductive filaments by vacuum deposition, “wrapped” in a polymer film. In fact, superficially, this material is similar to the usual threads, which also are the keepers of power. According to the researchers, their development can be used to power, for example, various wearable biosensors.

“The fact is that while there have been developed various miniature components of electronic circuits, devices for storage charge was more. We have solved this problem. We can literally embroider the batteries on any fabric. In our opinion, the supercapacitors are very good elements for use in the production of wearable electronics, and in combination with the polymer strands, they are simply the perfect tool for the intelligent clothing of the future.”

The size of the fibers. As you can see, they don’t bother to fold the fabric

According to the authors, at the moment they are engaged in the production of various devices based on its technology. For example, in the near future, scientists want to “embroider” a pedometer, a sensor for monitoring the sensor to obtain information about the joints.

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