A2 Textiles intelligent fabrics

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Published on January 22, 2008

Author: Renzo

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A2 Textiles:  A2 Textiles Intelligent Fabrics with New Properties Types of Intelligent Fabrics:  Types of Intelligent Fabrics Smart fabrics Micro-encapsulation Sun protective clothing Wearable electronics Smart Fabrics:  Smart Fabrics Added characteristics that do more than make you look and feel good. Can be made to be breathable, waterproof, windproof. Often for sport or outdoor uses. Smart Fabrics:  Smart Fabrics Some smart fabrics are intelligent ie they respond to the needs of the wearer in different environments. This is called Biomimetics (using nature as the design basis) Stomatex allows skin to breathe like a leaf which transpires but also stops rain getting in. Stomatex keeps body temperature even so the person doesn’t sweat but if it does tiny pumps within the fabric remove the sweat vapour. Smart Fabrics - Stomatex:  Smart Fabrics - Stomatex Micro-Encapsulation:  Micro-Encapsulation Fragrances can be micro-encapsulated into fabrics. What types of clothes would need to be fragranced? Garments that get smelly. Aromas can be based on fruits and flowers. Micro-Encapsulation:  Micro-Encapsulation Can be applied to any fabric with an adhesive which is thermally fixed. Capsules release fragrance during movement so scent is not transferred to other garments in a drawer. Effect is semi-permanent (40 washes) Used in lingerie. Sun Protective Clothing:  Sun Protective Clothing Protects wearer from UV rays. Polyester is the best fabric. DuPont has introduced Coolmax performance fabrics. Uses the same rating as sun creams ie UPF 15+, UPF 25+ and UPF 40+ (workers in Australia are expected to wear 50+). Coolmax:  Coolmax Wearable Electronics:  Wearable Electronics Smart fabrics with micro-electronics in the structure. This developing technology will extend human performance. Examples include a business suit with a mobile phone incorporated, child’s anorak with a tracking device, bras to monitor heart rate, aerobic outfits with music systems in the pants, disco wear which changes colour to music, golf jacket with sensors to monitor the swing. Soft Switching:  Soft Switching Wearable electronics controlled by soft switches. Switches and keypads are sewn into products using printing, coating and embroidery. Switches are washable, durable and like conventional textiles. Will be used to dial telephones, pager messages, play music. It will also be incorporated into interior textiles to control lighting, appliances, tvs and stereos.

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