Electronic shirts get closer to realityNovember 27th, 2007 - 4:48 pm ICT by admin
London , Nov 27(ANI): Scientists have come a step closer to making fabrics embedded with electronics a reality.
A clear display was previously hampered because the liquid crystals normally used in flexible displays existed in a glass-like state, which limited the extent to which they could be bent.
Now, a breakthrough has been achieved by electronics giant Philips, which says that it may be possible to build much more flexible liquid crystal displays by imprinting a cell-like structure onto an ordinary fabric using a stretchy elastomeric material such as silicone to create each pixel.
The pixels can be filled with a flexible electro-optical material such as a non-glassy liquid crystal, or a plasma. Conducting fibres within the material then make each pixel addressable.
The result is a display that has the same material properties as a fabric, reports the New Scientist. (ANI)
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