What are smart textiles?
Smart textiles, also known as e-textiles (electronic textiles), are materials capable of picking up and analyzing a signal in order to respond to it in an appropriate way. They can therefore be described as textiles capable of automatic reaction by adapting to their environment. These textiles can incorporate not only computer, digital or electronic components, but also innovative polymer materials such as shape memory polymers or chromic materials with color changing properties, as well as fibres and materials. Applications for intelligent textiles can be found in the fields of clothing, furnishings as well as technical textiles. Intelligent textiles for clothing or intelligent clothing are part of the broad field of wearable technologies. On the other hand, the field of fibertronics explores how electronic and computer functionalities can be integrated into textile fibres.
Materials and tools for smart clothes
Creating smart textiles is a more complex process than for traditional clothing. First of all, they consist of pieces of fabric which have to be properly cut and sewn together. However, in addition, they are also made up of electronic components equipped with appropriate drivers. In this way the textiles gain new functions, such as lighting, colour change or internet connection. It is worth remembering that smart clothes cannot be made of standard fabrics, because they cannot work with electronics. For this purpose, special materials and conductive thread are used to produce intelligent clothing. In our Botland shop you can find many types of these products, and besides all the necessary rubber, velcro and snap fasteners needed to create your dream smart clothing. To help with the whole process, you can also use special needles dedicated to conductive threads. In our Botland store, we make every effort to ensure that the range of products is wide and tailored to different purposes and projects. We kindly invite you to check our offer and find the components that fit your needs.
Controllers for smart clothing
Controllers and expansion modules are essential components when it comes to building advanced projects of smart clothing. In category “controllers for smart clothing” we have prepared a wide range of various products that can help you to extend any project with new functions, e.g. LEDs, Bluetooth communication, UV sensor, compass, color sensor, gyroscope or magnetometer. Of course, these are only a few of functions you can equip your clothes with! In our offer you can find both pre-programmed microcontrollers and models dedicated for your own programming in Arduino environment. All our products come from trusted suppliers and are provided with detailed specifications to help you find the components you need for your conditions and designs. We always select our products with care for their value for money, because your satisfaction is our priority. Furthermore, if you need advice or answers to your questions, please contact our technical department, which will be more than happy to help you.