E-textiles and the future of wearable technology. by Cath Rogan in Advance Textile Source. (september 2014) Simple and reliable connectors for integrating electronic hardware in textiles has been a challenge, but recently Ohmatex introduced a new type of fabric connector, which can be adapted, fabricated and attached at the point of use with relatively low-cost equipment. Photo: Ohmatex.
A team of Swiss researchers from the Technology in Textiles (TechinTex) project are working on a new type of wound dressing which can monitor the state of a wound using fiber optic threads woven into the dressing. The fibers are designed to change color in response to changes in the acidity of the wound, which is an indicator of its healing status.