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Typing on Your T-Shirt: This Fiber Breakthrough Could Advance Smart Apparel

Rivet’s 2021 winter issue has dropped! This in-depth issue examines the steps the global denim industry is taking to minimize its impact on the environment, from implementing zero waste production and design processes to establishing greenhouse gas emissions goals aligned with the Paris Agreement.

A new fiber technology could power innovative applications that integrate a keyboard right into a shirt or enable garments to monitor vital signs such as breathing and heart rate. A research team at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s (EPFL) Laboratory of Photonic Materials and Fiber Devices developed a highly elastic, high-performance smart thread that…

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