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Materials

Teijin sews up sensor thread market

by Marc S. Reisch
January 22, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 4

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Credit: Teijin
Piezoelectric sensor threads can be stitched into jeans and other clothing.
Credit: Teijin
Piezoelectric sensor threads can be stitched into jeans and other clothing.

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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