Japanese researchers at AIST weave capacitive touch into large-area textiles


Japanese researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have begun working their magic within the realm of wearable tech. The institute have been conducting research with weaving capacitive touch into large-area textiles. The reason for this? For cool techy clothes of course.

The researchers have begun integrating capacitive touch sensors into 1-micron thick nylon fibers. The result? Fabric that can sense your touch and send related messages to nearby computers. One obvious use would be in hospitals, where sheets could inform doctors of any changes to a patient.

AIST also wants to send the tech to the consumer world, too. No word on how this will go down and when our favorite t-shirt will react lovingly to our touch. Hopefully soon. I’m lonely.

Here is a video of the tech in action.