Smart Textile-Integrated Microelectronic Systems for Wearable Applications

Jidong Shi, Su Liu, Lisha Zhang, Bao Yang, Lin Shu, Ying Yang, Ming Ren, Yang Wang, Jiewei Chen, Wei Chen, Yang Chai, Xiaoming Tao

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The programmable nature of smart textiles makes them an indispensable part of an emerging new technology field. Smart textile-integrated microelectronic systems (STIMES), which combine microelectronics and technology such as artificial intelligence and augmented or virtual reality, have been intensively explored. A vast range of research activities have been reported. Many promising applications in healthcare, the internet of things (IoT), smart city management, robotics, etc., have been demonstrated around the world. A timely overview and comprehensive review of progress of this field in the last five years are provided. Several main aspects are covered: functional materials, major fabrication processes of smart textile components, functional devices, system architectures and heterogeneous integration, wearable applications in human and nonhuman-related areas, and the safety and security of STIMES. The major types of textile-integrated nonconventional functional devices are discussed in detail: sensors, actuators, displays, antennas, energy harvesters and their hybrids, batteries and supercapacitors, circuit boards, and memory devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1901958
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • actuators
  • energy harvesting
  • sensors
  • smart textiles
  • wearable electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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