2011-02-07_workshop_deltagareThe interest in the field of textiles for learning more about conductive materials is great. That proved to be the case when Smart Textiles, Espira and Malmö-based OnescaleOne jointly hosted a workshop on textiles and electronics on the 3rd of February.

The workshop brought together researchers from organisations such as University of Borås, SP, Swerea IVF and representatives from both the textile and electronics industries to work together to experiment with electrical wiring circuits, diodes, push buttons and leading fabrics. For some, it was completely new to others more familiar. But together they were great together both lightbars and bending sensors.

Act and interact

Johan Jersblad is a workshop participant. He works at Saab Barracuda, a manufacturer of camouflage gear for the military.

“I think it’s been a very good day. I came here without expectations, just to take part in the interesting subject and to network,” he says.

He describes the various group assignments as organised networking.

“It has been beneficial to work in different groups since you’ve been forced to act and interact.”

Johan Jersblad is mainly interested in sensors with advanced functions and their properties with textiles. It is important that the garments continue to be smooth and functional even with the integrations of electronics, and I realise that we are not quite there yet, and that more research is required.”

Facts: Conductive textile materials

Conductive textile materials can be used in clothes and elsewhere, and can in brief be described as materials that are conductive of heat or electricity, which normal textiles are not. These textiles thereby have unique qualities.