About this Research Topic
Smart wearable electronic textiles are becoming increasingly popular. Several classes of smart wearable electronic textiles are being developed for various applications such as defense, space, medical, health care and fashion. Typical examples of smart electronic textiles are smart thermal jackets which can regulate body temperature, drug releasing textiles, temperature, pressure and strain sensing textiles and auto-sizing apparel such as jackets, shoes. Additional examples also include GPS trackers which can communicate with satellites, color changing textiles and textiles which can auto detect radiation and provide shielding for the wearer. The benefits of such textiles include constant and continuous monitoring and regulation of human health, providing immediate first-aid, providing deception in stealth operation and the ability to change fashion. These smart electronic textiles possess various devices such as displays, sensors, memories, aesthetic enhancers such as lighting. For their continuous and prolonged operation in the desirable way, on-board energy storage and delivery systems are necessary. However, these energy systems should possess appropriate energy and power densities, flexibility, biocompatibility, durability, reliability. Flexible batteries, supercapacitors are emerging as the promising energy and power storage systems. The emphasis is on the development of artificially intelligent smart wearable electronic textiles that can adapt to the needs of the people wearing them.
The goal of this Research Topic is to provide a platform for showcasing the latest developments and advancements from the research groups all around the globe in the area of smart wearable electronic textiles. Wearable electronic textiles are in the beginning stages of their research. Important aspects in the domain of smart wearable electronic textiles include the development of wearable electronic yarns and fabrics, devices namely electronic chips, sensors memories, power sources and their seamless integration, degradation and its mitigation, prototype and large scale fabrication of the smart wearable electronic textiles. Some of the issues to address in this domain are the biocompatibility, sustainability, durability, recyclability of various electronic components involved in the smart wearable electronic textiles. In order to advance the field of smart wearable electronic textiles the present Research Topic invites contributions from design, development, integration, fabrication, functioning and human-textile interfacing.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Material level developments in energy storage systems such as batteries and supercapacitors for smart wearable electronic textiles
• Development of smart wearable electronic textiles
• Design, development and fabrication of various components such as display units, sensors, memories, aesthetic enhancers
• Design and fabrication of smart wearable electronic textile prototypes
• Scale up of the fabrication of these textiles for industries
• Novel applications of smart wearable electronic textiles
• Software applications for desktop computers and mobile devices and for human-textile interfacing
• Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence in smart wearable electronic textiles
• Biocompatibility, reliability, durability and recyclability of various components
• Fundamentals aspects in the design, development, fabrication and function smart wearable electronic textiles
• Any other aspects relevant to the smart wearable electronic textiles
We would like to acknowledge Dr Vikas Sharma who has acted as a coordinator and has contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.
Keywords: Wearable Electronics, Smart Textiles, Electronic Textiles, Batteries, Supercapacitors, Wearable Electronic Yarns and Fabrics, Human-textile interface
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