In an exciting bit of IC news, researchers at the University of Cambridge have successfully printed integrated circuits onto fabric using an inkjet printer.
The idea of “wearable technology” has been around for several years. But it tends to be bulky, fragile, or unreliable. By printing the circuit directly onto fabric in a way that is malleable and not firm, wearable technology can have the same look and feel as any other apparel. It also opens the door to circuits that are placed on textiles, which may have the benefit of being more environmentally friendly and cost efficient.