Researchers have developed a prototype of smart textiles with an integrated graphene layer that helps lower body temperature in hot climates.
The human body constantly emits energy in the form of infrared waves, which are trapped by any clothing. While it helps to keep you warm in cold weather, it only makes things worse during hot weather. To achieve free heat removal from the body, you can use textiles transparent to infrared radiation..
A team from the University of Manchester used to creation clothes graphene. Scientists integrated several layers of a two-dimensional material into the fabric, and then, using electricity, tuned the textile’s ability to release energy. They then attached a square insert of adapted material to the polo to assess its ability to control heat radiation. Depending on the setting, the graphene layer could freely pass or completely trap the outgoing heat..
Graphene smart textiles developed for heat adaptive clothing
The technology could also be used to create interactive infrared displays and covert communication devices on textiles, the researchers said..
In the near future, smart textiles are starting to be used in various fields, including computer technology. Google research team has developed a new technology for controlling various devices and gadgets using an electronic textile lanyard.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: University of Manchester
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