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Graphene Smart Textiles

The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century was a breakthrough in the textile sector and another revolution in this sector was the discovery of synthetic fibers at the start of the 20th century. In the 21st century, advancement in textiles have been directed to the development of smart textiles and E-textiles by employing fibers equipped with specific properties, including electrical, thermal, waterproof and other technical characteristics. Several strategies have been developed to fabricate conductive textiles for various purposes. But still, now the main obstacle in the development of smart textiles is integrating smart devices, conductive materials with fibers, fabric structure and different parts of cloth due to overweight, rigidness, non-resistance to water, etc.

Graphene is the thinnest possible form of graphite, which you can find in your everyday pencil. It’s purely bi-dimensional, a single layer of carbon atoms that has unbelievable properties that will one day revolutionize everything from aerospace engineering to medicine. Its diverse uses are seemingly endless: It can stop a bullet if you add enough layers. It can change the color of your hair with no adverse effects. It can turn the walls of your home into a giant fire detector.

Graphene-based wearable e-textiles are considered to be promising due to their advantages over traditional metal-based technology. Researchers are focused on the development of a simple and cost-effective method to manufacture graphene-based wearable electronic textiles on an industrial scale. The new method could allow graphene e-textiles to be manufactured at commercial production rates of 150 meters per minute. Nanoshel team is trying to produce simple and cost-effective way of manufacturing multi-functional graphene textiles could easily be scaled up for many real-life applications, such as sportswear, military gear, and medical clothing.

Graphene Smart Textiles

Researchers have developed graphene-enhanced wearable electronic components incorporated directly into fabrics. The devices could be used for flexible circuits, healthcare monitoring, energy conversion, and other applications.  The researchers have shown how graphene and other related materials can be directly incorporated into fabrics to produce charge storage elements such as capacitors, paving the way to textile-based power supplies that are washable, flexible and comfortable to wear.

Integrating textile-based sensors into garments in the manufacturing process is still time-consuming and complex. It is also expensive non-biodegradable; unstable, metallic conductive materials are still being used. Now, the researchers have developed a process that has the potential to produce tonnes of conductive graphene-based yarn. The produces graphene-based yarn is also said to be flexible, cheap, biodegradable, and washable.

It is possible to integrate such sensors to low-powered Bluetooth or self-powered RFID to transmit data wirelessly to mobile devices. According to a University of Manchester press release: “One hindrance to the advancement of wearable e-textiles has been the bulky components required to power them.

Graphene Jacket

Graphene-based heating jackets

Graphene has already made a huge blast in the next step of wearable technology. Recently, researchers teamed up with wearable technology and produced a heating vest containing graphene. Due to the thermal conductive properties of graphene, the warmth produced by the human body is preserved and distributed evenly in cold climates and allows an even body temperature during physical activity.

Specifications

  • Feature: Thermal
  • Gender: Unisexual
  • Material: Cotton Blends
  • Fit: Fits true to size, take your normal size
  • Model Number: Graphene Heating Vest
  • Brand Name: Nanoshel
  • Fabric: Cotton + spandex
  • Waterproof level: 3
  • Size: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4L, 5XL

 Heating vest

  • Using waterproof/windproof functional fabric.
  • Design and manufacture customized designs
  • Using the inner fabric with increased warmth.
  • Heat up within 15 seconds after power on.
  • Easy to use by adopting LED button type temperature controller.

How to use

  • Combines a USB cable in your pocket and a smartphone secondary battery.
  • Press and hold the LED thermostat button on the left chest for 3 seconds to turn on the power
  • It changes each time it is pressed at high temperature (red), middle temperature (blue), low temperature (green).
  • To turn off the power, press the LED thermostat button again for 3 seconds to turn off the power.

Carbon heating sheets

  • The heating sheet owns design and manufacturing technology.
  • Customize the heating sheet to fit various heat products.
  • Smartphone powered by 5V auxiliary battery.

Bike heating glove

  • Motorcycle battery 12V used as a power source
  • Heats up within 15 seconds after power on.
  • Easy to use by adopting an LED button type temperature controller.

 

 

 

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