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Smart textiles FAQ

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  1. What are smart textiles?
  2. What components do you need in smart textiles?
  3. How can you connect the conductive yarn to an electrical device or power supply?
  4. Can smart textiles be washed?
  5. How are conductive yarns integrated into smart textiles?

Answers

1. What are smart textiles?

These are fabrics designed and manufactured to include technologies that provide the wearer with increased functionality, such as the ability to communicate with other devices, conduct energy, transform into other materials, or protect the wearer from environmental hazards.

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2. What components do you need in smart textiles? 

Electronics, power supply, conductive material and connection.

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3. How can you connect the conductive yarn to an electrical device or power supply?

Mechanical crimping, soldering, or gluing with conductive glues.

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4. Can smart textiles be washed?

Not if they contain batteries, but a wide range of washable smart textiles and conductive yarns is already available.  

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5. How are conductive yarns integrated into smart textiles?

Weaving, knitting, sewing and embroidery.

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