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E-textile technology review: from materials to applications

E-textile technology review: from materials to applications
E-textile technology review: from materials to applications
Wearable devices are ideal for personalized electronic applications in several domains such as healthcare, entertainment, sports and military. Although wearable technology is a growing market, current wearable devices are predominantly battery powered accessory devices, whose form factors also preclude them from utilizing the large area of the human body for spatiotemporal sensing or energy harvesting from body movements. E-textiles provide an opportunity to expand on current wearables to enable such applications via the larger surface area offered by garments, but consumer devices have been few and far between because of the inherent challenges in replicating traditional manufacturing technologies (that have enabled these wearable accessories) on textiles. Also, the powering of e-textile devices with battery energy like in wearable accessories, has proven incompatible with textile requirements for flexibility and washing. Although current e-textile research has shown advances in materials, new processing techniques, and one-off e-textile prototype devices, the pathway to industry scale commercialization is still uncertain. This paper reports the progress on the current technologies enabling the fabrication of e-textile devices and their power supplies including textile-based energy harvesters, energy storage mechanisms, and wireless power transfer solutions. It identifies factors that limit the adoption of current reported fabrication processes and devices in the industry for mass-market commercialization.
Wearables, e-textile devices, e-textile manufacturing and scalability, e-textile power sources
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Komolafe, Abiodun, Zaghari, Bahareh, Torah, Russel, Weddell, Alexander, Khanbareh, Hamideh, Michail Tsikriteas, Zois, Vousden, Mark, Wagih, Mahmoud, Tronco Jurado, Ulises, Shi, Junjie, Li, Yi, Yang, Kai, Savelli, Guillaume, White, Neil and Beeby, Stephen (2021) E-textile technology review: from materials to applications. IEEE Access, 9, 97152-97179, [9471836]. (doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3094303).

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Wearable devices are ideal for personalized electronic applications in several domains such as healthcare, entertainment, sports and military. Although wearable technology is a growing market, current wearable devices are predominantly battery powered accessory devices, whose form factors also preclude them from utilizing the large area of the human body for spatiotemporal sensing or energy harvesting from body movements. E-textiles provide an opportunity to expand on current wearables to enable such applications via the larger surface area offered by garments, but consumer devices have been few and far between because of the inherent challenges in replicating traditional manufacturing technologies (that have enabled these wearable accessories) on textiles. Also, the powering of e-textile devices with battery energy like in wearable accessories, has proven incompatible with textile requirements for flexibility and washing. Although current e-textile research has shown advances in materials, new processing techniques, and one-off e-textile prototype devices, the pathway to industry scale commercialization is still uncertain. This paper reports the progress on the current technologies enabling the fabrication of e-textile devices and their power supplies including textile-based energy harvesters, energy storage mechanisms, and wireless power transfer solutions. It identifies factors that limit the adoption of current reported fabrication processes and devices in the industry for mass-market commercialization.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 June 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 July 2021
Keywords: Wearables, e-textile devices, e-textile manufacturing and scalability, e-textile power sources

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Local EPrints ID: 450144
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450144
ISSN: 2169-3536
PURE UUID: de5b9a41-740b-4cd5-a1a1-99a18c319b9f
ORCID for Russel Torah: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5598-2860
ORCID for Alexander Weddell: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6763-5460
ORCID for Mahmoud Wagih: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7806-4333
ORCID for Ulises Tronco Jurado: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7992-5561
ORCID for Neil White: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1532-6452
ORCID for Stephen Beeby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0800-1759

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Date deposited: 13 Jul 2021 16:32
Last modified: 16 Sep 2021 11:16

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Author: Abiodun Komolafe
Author: Bahareh Zaghari
Author: Russel Torah ORCID iD
Author: Alexander Weddell ORCID iD
Author: Hamideh Khanbareh
Author: Zois Michail Tsikriteas
Author: Mark Vousden
Author: Mahmoud Wagih ORCID iD
Author: Ulises Tronco Jurado ORCID iD
Author: Junjie Shi
Author: Yi Li
Author: Kai Yang
Author: Guillaume Savelli
Author: Neil White ORCID iD
Author: Stephen Beeby ORCID iD

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