The research department at the prestigious University of Washington has reportedly unveiled a new development across the smart and interactive textiles market. As per sources, the researchers at UW have been working toward creating garments and fabrics that can be aptly designed to conveniently store digital information in clothing. This would further enable the user to open electronic door locks (the ones that usually require a key card) and track clothing as well, without having to resort to bar codes – a move that experts predict, will bring about a transformation in smart and interactive textile market.
Apparently, this innovative fabric is machine washable and is so designed, that it won’t lose the information that it has been embedded with. UW’s researcher’s claim that it is akin to a mini, fabric-made hard drive that would work devoid of batteries. Justin Chan, a doctoral candidate at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, states that this innovation traverses along an unexplored arena. Analysts reportedly echo similar thoughts, having claimed this proposed innovation to revolutionize the niche vertical of polymers and advanced materials market as a whole.
With regards to its cleansing, the Associate Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at UW has some interesting information to share. He states that the design being completely electronic free, can be easily put in the washer or dryer, and can even be ironed without tribulation.
The research department from UW apparently have affirmed that the presence of a strong magnet close to the smart fabric could conveniently erase the embedded data – which may possibly be the only restraint that the researchers have detected so far. The product, it has been reported, may not be commercialized across smart and interactive textiles market for a long time. However, sources also claim that UW’s research department plans to continue working on the technology, while simultaneously focusing on the development of textiles that can store a huge amount of data and generate a stronger magnetic field.