Reactive fabrics respond to changes in temperature

aalto1Soft and elastic filaments made from liquid crystalline elastomers are being used by researchers in Finland and the UK to weave textiles that can change shape repeatedly in response to changes in temperature.

In addition to offering adjustable aesthetics, such responsive smart fabrics could also help monitor people’s health, improve thermal insulation and provide new tools for managing room acoustics and interior design.

For the full story, see the April 2023 edition of Smart Textiles & Wearables.


Image: Pedro Silva/Aalto University