Researchers have developed flexible luminescent textiles that will soon allow a dot matrix display to be sewn into clothing.
Each of its fibers consists of two intertwined polymer threads. One is a hollow composite polymer filled with an active luminescent substance that glows under the action of an electric current. The second – transparent conductive gel polymer.
Fibers can be used to make a dot matrix similar to the pixel array found in modern digital displays. Such textiles are quite lightweight and retain their characteristics after repeated bending and stretching. In the process of testing, its brightness and efficiency did not change even after 500 washes in the washing machine..
Electroluminescent textiles invented that can be used to create displays in clothing
According to developers from Fudan University, electroluminescent textiles can be used not only to create displays for viewing and sending messages on clothing, but also to integrate fiber optic screens into athletes’ suits. When connected to brain-reading devices, they can also help people with disabilities communicate their needs to others..
We also previously reported on the development of graphene textiles to help cool the body during heat waves..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: China Daily