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Yarns with Embedded Electronics

Issue: XXIII.1 January + February 2016
Page: 8
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Anura Rathnayake, Tilak Dias

The goal of this research was to develop the core technology for embedding semiconductor micro devices within the fibers of yarns in order to craft novel electronically active yarn (EAY). Such smart yarns will be the building blocks of the next generation of wearable electronics. They will help solve the current problems that manufacturers of wearable textiles are experiencing and open the door for designers to develop the next generation of truly wearable computers that are more comfortable, flexible, and washable. Applications include medicine, sports science, automobiles, the military, fashion design, retail, and manufacturing.


Rathnayake, A. and Dias, T. Electronically active smart textiles. Research and the Researcher, Research Practice Course Fifth Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University, 2013.

Dias, T. and Rathnayake, A. Integration of micro-electronics with yarns for smart textiles (Chapter 5). In T. Dias., Electronic Textiles Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology. Woodhead, Nottingham, 2015.

Anura Rathnayake, Nottingham Trent University,
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Tilak Dias, Nottingham Trent University