E-textiles are the ultimate way of making the smart apparel rapidly being launched by Adidas, Reebock and Nike and the smart patches being rapidly adopted in healthcare. Conductive apparel already sold by many companies for many purposes will use e-textiles later. Here is a basis of subtle designer fashion as opposed to the popular but ugly smart apparel of today. For the scientist, there is much of interest, including provision of weavable forms of fiber optics, carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanorods. For now, priorities include stretchable fibers, notably functioning as photovoltaics and supercapacitors for energy harvesting and as stretchable interconnects between very small chip components in textiles.
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