New Robotic Fabric Could Make Auto-Adjusting Jackets a Reality
Remember the futuristic automatic-drying jacket in
Back to the Future 2
a robotic fabric that could become a big material for wearable technology and
The material is embedded with flexible sensors, but it's largely cotton, so it wouldn't be anywhere near as cumbersome to wear as a hard robotic suit. Researchers think it could be a good fabric for pilots and astronauts to fight the blood-draining effects of acceleration, since they could set up the sensors to provide compression.
They're also wrapping the fabric around balloon and foam blocks and experimenting with using it as
a soft robotic material
Ideally, they want to develop a type of robot that is just a stretchable skin, with all of its sensors and framework embedded in an elastic fabric. And while this project comes off as an early exploration into a big field, if we all end up with hyper-smart robot outfits years from now, we'll know who to applaud for getting things started.
Or we'll all be in stupid regular clothes cursing botched science when this doesn't happen:
[ Purdue ]
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