New smart textile is the muscle behind next generation devices—7 October 2016

ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) researchers have, for the first time, developed a smart textile from carbon nanotube and spandex fibres that can both sense and move in response to a stimulus like a muscle or joint.

The smart textile, which is easily scalable for the fabrication of industrial quantities, generates a mechanical work capacity and a power output which higher than that produced by human muscles. It has many potential applications ranging from smart textiles to robotics and sensors for lab on a chip devices. The team, having already created the knee sleeve prototype, is now working on using the smart textile as a wearable antenna, as well as in other biomedical applications.

The discovery came three years into Dr Javad Foroughi’s ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) project, which aimed to create a new class of smart textile.

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.

 

Image:  Dr Javad Foroughi.
Image courtesy: University of Wollongong.

Original Published Date: 
Friday, October 7, 2016