smart textiles

Robotics: Soft pumps power artificial muscles

Robotics: Soft pumps power artificial muscles

Robotic clothing that could help people to move more easily is a step closer to reality thanks to the development of a lightweight power system for soft robotics.

Sensor for smart textiles survives hammers

Sensor for smart textiles survives hammers

An ultra-sensitive, resilient strain sensor that can be embedded in textiles and soft robotic systems survived being tested by a washing machine and a car.

Magic fibers: ‘smart fabrics’ can change color

Magic fibers: ‘smart fabrics’ can change color

Researchers are testing new ways to spin liquid crystals into fibers that could be used in camouflage clothing or to create cleaning wipes that can detect the presence of bacteria.

E-textiles: Dyeing process gives electronic properties

E-textiles: Dyeing process gives electronic properties

Scientists have shown how smart textiles can be produced in a comparatively easy way, thus opening up new use cases.

Electronic skin reacts to pain like human skin

Electronic skin reacts to pain like human skin

Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts.

Robotic textiles could enable new mechanotherapy

Robotic textiles could enable new mechanotherapy

A new smart fabric that can be inflated and deflated by temperature-dependent liquid-vapor phase changes could enable a range of medical therapeutics.