Teijin sews up sensor thread market | January 22, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 96 Issue 4 | p. 13 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 22, 2018

Teijin sews up sensor thread market

Department: Business
Keywords: Polymers, textile sensors, polylactic acid, Teijin, Kansai University
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Piezoelectric sensor threads can be stitched into jeans and other clothing.
Credit: Teijin
A photo of a woman wearing embroidered pants.
 
Piezoelectric sensor threads can be stitched into jeans and other clothing.
Credit: Teijin

Teijin and Japan’s Kansai University have developed a series of fashionable and wearable piezoelectric sensors. Made of polylactic acid threads, the sensors generate a charge when they are stretched. Teijin calls them e-stitch sensors. When sewn into clothing or incorporated into athletic shoes, the sensors can detect body motion.

 
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