Electro-Textile Development for Embedded Networks in Combat Uniforms

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Electro-Textile Development for Embedded Networks in Combat Uniforms

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Author(s): Gaétan Demers; Jean Dumas
No pages: 6
Year: 2013
Article ID: 16-3-2
Keywords: clothing, clothing networks, combat clothing, combat uniform, electro-textile, electrotextile, embedded networks
Format: Electronic (PDF)

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Abstract: Recent developments in materials have enabled the integration of more specific functionalities into textile fabrics, such as the exchange of information or energy distribution. With the increased use of peripheral electronic devices such as communications and sensors, a soldier requires the distribution of information and power around the body. The use of efficient interconnection technologies, embedded directly in electro-textiles inside a soldier’s uniform, would optimize the use and distribution of available power and information. This could lead to important weight savings but also in increased system availability and reliability. This paper presents the development of new wired interconnection and network topologies that could be applied to a combat uniform design. A description of different conductive textiles is presented as well as textile connectors and network topology that were selected for a prototype demonstrator.