How to turn every piece of clothing into an e-textile

By embedding ultrathin, flexible and (ideally transparent) sensors, actuators, electronics and nanogenerators into textiles it becomes possible to develop a new generation of self-powered e-textiles where the electronic components are all but invisible. The resulting smart garments, smart medical attachments, data gloves and other human-machine interfaces will herald a new era of wearable electronics. However,…