E-textiles and an advance in 'wearable electronics'

Fabric-based monitoring devices are suddenly getting hot. This paper published in the American Institute of Physics’ AIP Advances discusses the use of copper oxide embedded in fabric. The researchers developed a new flexible memory fabric (not related to spandex Wink)¬†woven together from interlocking strands of copper and copper-oxide wires. The weave becomes a reversible, rewritable memory system able to retain information for more than 100 days. This along with a power generator and biometric sensors embedded in the fabric could be useful as a part of a wearable and thus substantially less intrusive telemonitoring system or for self-monitoring your workout.¬†E-textiles get fashion upgrade with memory-storing fiber (Physorg.com); full text of paper Copper oxide resistive switching memory for e-textile