Off-the-shelf garments, textiles and threads/yarns can be nondestructively transformed into electronic circuit components using reactive vapor deposition. Selected technologies created using vapor-coated fibers and textiles will be described, including: (1) smart elbow braces for movement sensing; (2) textile triboelectric generators that convert small body motions into stored energy; (3) thread/yarn supercapacitors that can be sewed or knitted into garments for wearable and portable energy storage; (4) fabric electrodes for bioimpedance spectroscopy; (5) wear-, wash- and ironing-resistant active heating garments; and (6) thermoelectric wristbands that convert stray body heat into stored power.
The Scott H. Nagle ’85 Fund for Summer Fellowships in Asian Art and Culture supports summer research and travel on topics related to Asian art every year. The 2018 recipients were Mika Obayashi ’19 and Lorelei Dietz ’20. They will be speaking about their experiences on Friday, September 21 at 5 p.m. in Fayerweather 113. Please join us to hear about what they did in Japan this past summer.