NewScientist: Smart Clothes And a Hat That Reads Traffic Lights

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have developed a cost-effective method for creating conductive fibers. These flexible strands, inspired by the aluminosilicate glass in smartphones, resist stress cracks. The fibers are woven into fabrics like cotton, producing smart clothes with embedded sensors and computers. Prototype items include a hat sensing traffic light changes, a jumper decoding images through light pulses, and a heart rate-monitoring watch strap. Despite successful durability tests, the challenge lies in maintaining the connection between the flexible material and circuit boards over time.

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