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E-textiles (short for electronic textiles) (also called garment technology and smart textiles) are
|“||fabrics that enable digital components (including small computers) and electronics to be embedded in them.||”|
|“||a general class of materials that incorporate active component fibers or technologies.||”|
"On one level, these materials can be used as conductive back planes for power or signal distribution or to form integrated antennas. Electrolytic, piezo-responsive, and tribo-induced fibers are also being explored for both energy harvesting and storage. In contrast, embedded structures can be woven or incorporated directly into these materials to provide various sensor functions. While the connotation is often electrical in nature, optical fibers are also being employed for both distribution and sensing."
- ↑ XOWi, "Glossary of Wearable Technology Terms" (full-text).
- ↑ Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting, at 52.
- ↑ Id.