Smart textiles REPRESENT AN EMERGING AREA, where everything from health trackers to flexible displays is integrated into clothes. Researchers have already developed clothing that contains sensors that measure heart rate and breathing rate, among other bio indicators. The base for all this is basically fabric laced with graphene ink.
There are thousands of possible smart fabrics applications starting from self cleaning fabrics, that can make washing machines useless, to clothes that change color based on a stimuli. One of many great examples are charging clothes that can power your phone or other device while you walk. This all will open a whole new area for the internet of things.
The most important factor of smart clothes is that graphene is completely chemical-free and it's safe for human health as well as for environment.
Another key requirement to apply graphene inks to fabric is to make them more adhesive to textile fibers. This can be easily solved by modifying graphene.
The Key Applications Of Smart Fabrics
Clothes & Sportswear
Self-cleaning clothes for basic as well as sport use can be reallity. Moreover, for outdoor and indoor sport activities are important light clothes with good heat management as well as waterproof and breath-ability.
Graphene fabrics allows data collection for measuring performance and health condition as heart rate or body temperature. This is especially important for medical purposes.
Self cleaning and anti-static textiles can find their use as sofa linings, tents, seats for airplanes or cars and mattress covers.
Military & extreme weather conditions
Strong and protective clothes are important for military purposes.
All this potential will be fully open if the graphene will be easily integrated into current production methods. Solving this part of the process can rapidly speed up the innovation and give customers access to cutting-edge products.