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APN Workshop

Electronic Textiles and Smart Fabrics

04th November 2014 10:00 - 16:00

Village Urban Resort Swansea

The Advancing Printing and Coating Network (APN) is an industrial research group supported by the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC). The APN provides an opportunity for industry to be involved and gain benefit from the latest research being carried out at the WCPC. The APN has a number of on-going activities in areas such as printed electronics, bio sensors, commercial printing and packaging across all of the print processes.

How will our clothes and fabrics interact with us and our environment - for fashion, for function and sport? What will we need to live in a high tech world especially as we get older? What technology is on its way? This workshop brings together experts across a range of disciplines to address this topic.

Fabrics which can be used to provide external heat, cooling or light are based on the integration of microelectronics. Additionally, other functionality can be added through coatings. This disruptive technology is not limited to just these functions or only specialist clothing. Overcoming the challenges and moving toward mass market functional textiles will open up markets from high fashion through to interior design. Currently it is possible to weave conductive wires, in to a fabric or integrate a solid conductive wire, prior to manufacture of clothing and textile clad items. However, recent research has been producing materials that can be directly applied to the fabric to perform the same function as a solid wire. However, the application process is by use of lower cost high speed print methods. This event offers the opportunity to listen to and network with some of those people involved in overcoming the challenges with the manufacture and use of such smart textiles.

For APN members there are two complimentary delegate places included in the annual membership fee. However, industrial non-members can attend for a fee of £60 + VAT per delegate and academics can attend for a fee of £30 + VAT.

**If you are a member of the APN, please email c.a.hammett@swansea.ac.uk to confirm your attendance to this event**

10:00 - 10:30 Registration & Coffee
10:30 - 10:40 Welcome,
Prof. Tim Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
10:40 - 11:20 Making wearable tech desirable,
Amy Winters, Rainbow Winters
11:20 - 12:00 Ageing, quality of life and smart clothing,
Professor Judith Phillips, Swansea University
12:00 - 12:15 Coffee and Networking Session
12:15 - 12:55 Highly Conductive Smart Textiles,
Dr Chris Hunt, NPL
12:55 - 13:25 Flexible Fibre Supercapacitors for Future Energy Storage,
Mrs Ruirong Zhang, Brunel University
13:25 - 14:15 Lunch and Networking Session
14:15 - 14:45 Textiles Technologies Project and the New Jacquard Loom,
Lynne Abbot, Coleg Sir Gar
14:45 - 15:15 Pollinator Frocks and SAD Shirts: wearable technology concepts for human and non-human environments,
Dr Karen Ingham, Swansea Metropolitan
15:15 - 15:45 Applications of flexible pressure sensors in healthcare and sport,
Dr Davide Deganello, WCPC, Swansea University
15:45 Meeting Close / Coffee and Networking Session

"Making wearable tech desirable"

Amy Winters, Rainbow Winters

Wearable Tech, as an industry, has been smouldering below the surface for over a decade. Now however, it has erupted into the mainstream.

The demand is there and the investment funding is lurking there [somewhere] but this industry is chaotic. The razor-brained boffins are doing their job inventing, developing and producing products, which fill hundreds of niches. Thereby, the gadget freaks are well catered for. But what about the big market? That is: Creating wearable technologies that people actually want to wear?

Using recent and new technologies, eye-watering opportunities are open to smart textiles. How can we capture the zeitgeist and accelerate innovation?

Smart textile case studies, the current wearables craze and future visions will be presented with a focus on feeling/experience and design execution.

"Ageing, quality of life and smart clothing"

Professor Judith Phillips, Swansea University

The presentation will focus on older people and their potential use of smart clothing. It will provide a brief overview of the demographics of ageing, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population. The opportunity available to business engaged in the clothing industry is untapped as older people provide a huge potential market, as consumers with very different lifestyles. The importance of clothing for identity, security and health provides opportunities for new technology companies to engage with older people but as yet many initiatives have not been accessible or acceptable to older people. The presentation will investigate why this is the case and draw on research funded under the ESRC?s New Dynamics of Ageing programme on smart clothing. Finally it will consider the ethical and practical issues of using smart clothing with older people and in particular those who are frail and have cognitive impairments.

"Highly Conductive Smart Textiles"

Dr Chris Hunt, NPL

At NPL the Electronics Interconnection group has developed a new method to produce conductive textiles. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical by enabling lightweight circuits to be printed directly onto complete garments.

The nano silver material is chemically bonded to the fabric, encapsulating the fibres and providing full coverage. The resulting textile demonstrates good adhesion, flexibility and is stretchable achieving excellent resistivity of <0.2 Ω/sq.

The applications for the smart textile produced by NPL would support the sports, health, medicine, consumer electronics and fashion industries.

"Flexible Fibre Supercapacitors for Future Energy Storage"

Mrs Ruirong Zhang, Brunel University

Fibre supercapacitors were designed and manufactured using a dip coating method. Their electrochemical properties were characterized using a VersaSTAT 3 workstation. Chinese ink with a fine dispersion of carbon and binder was coated as the electrode material. The specific capacitance per unit length of a copper fibre supercapacitor with the length of 41 cm reached 34.5 mF/cm. When this fibre supercapacitor was bent on rods with a diameter of 10.5 cm, the specific capacitance per length was 93% of the original value (without bending). It proved that these fibre supercapacitors have a good flexibility and energy storage capacity.

"Pollinator Frocks and SAD Shirts: wearable technology concepts for human and non-human environments"

Dr Karen Ingham, Swansea Metropolitan

In this presentation I will discuss the project "Pollinator Frocks" (2011) a wearable technology, public engagement design collaboration with the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Swansea Met Surface Pattern Design Course and entomologists and microscopists from Swansea University. I will also talk about a new design concept, SAD Shirts that explores the potential for collaboration between smart textiles technology and psychologists and mental health workers studying depression.

Amy Winters

Rainbow Winters creates emotional experiences from smart, textile-based garments and gives the ?wow? factor to the entertainment, fashion and advertising industries with interactive wearable design. Creating a touch-sense-sound-multi-sensory experience. Seeking to express the emotive and aesthetic capabilities of emerging technologies through unique cross-discipline research and commercialization ideas, which marry cutting edge science and fashion. Clothing developed using interactive textiles which change colour and pattern in response to sound, sunlight, water and stretch.

Amy Konstanze Mercedes Rainbow Winters is a new media artist, fashion and textile designer. Based in London, UK the British/Swiss artist graduated from Central Saint Martin's.

Professor Judith Phillips

Judith is Professor of Gerontology in the Centre for Innovative Ageing and director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University and the Welsh Assembly Government funded ?Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network? (OPAN) in Wales.

Judith is a social gerontologist interested in researching the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing. Judith?s work is applied and she has extensive links with policy and practice, particularly with the Welsh Government and with local authority social service departments. She worked with older people for a number of years both in institutional and community care and was awarded an OBE for Services to Older People in 2013. Her current ESRC funded research looks at cognitive functioning in older age (CFAS2 Wales study). She is particularly interested in the environmental aspects of ageing which includes how smart technologies can enhance the quality of life of older people.

Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she went to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College, Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. Judith returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Centre for Innovative Ageing.

Dr Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt leads the Electronics Interconnection Team at NPL, which has a number of interests, looking at developing materials and characterisation methods. The subject areas include high temperature electronics, smart textiles, and printed electronics. For all these techniques NPL are developing new metrology tools and technology in smart textiles, utilising novel metallic additive solutions. He has also part of a team pioneering a unique solution to achieve recyclable assembly system with more than 90% recyclability. He has presented widely at international events and published extensively. His standards activities in electronics assembly standards include chair of the UK BSI committee, chair of IEC TC91, and participation in IPC committees.

Mrs Ruirong Zhang

Ruirong Zhang received her B. Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008 and her M. Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry in 2011, both at Central South University, China. She is currently a Ph. D. candidate in Design at the Brunel University London, London, UK. Her research interests include electrochemistry and new energy storage materials. E-mail: ruirong. zhang@brunel.ac.uk

Dr Karen Ingham

Karen Ingham is an interdisciplinary artist-designer and a Professor of art, science and technology interactions at UWTSD-Swansea (formerly Swansea Met). She is internationally exhibited and published and her practice incorporates a wide range of subjects, methods and philosophies. She is currently working as a design associate with the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the RCA as part of the AHRC Creative Exchange project, the first results of which, Hybrid Lives Co-Working Space, can be seen in the Developments section of her website http://kareningham.org.uk/developments



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