Smart textile lighting/display system with multifunctional fibre devices for large scale smart home and IoT applications

Hyung Woo Choi, Dong Wook Shin, Jiajie Yang, Sanghyo Lee, Cátia Figueiredo, Stefano Sinopoli, Kay Ullrich, Petar Jovančić, Alessio Marrani, Roberto Momentè, João Gomes, Rita Branquinho, Umberto Emanuele, Hanleem Lee, Sang Yun Bang, Sung Min Jung, Soo Deok Han, Shijie Zhan, William Harden-Chaters, Yo Han SuhXiang Bing Fan, Tae Hoon Lee, Mohamed Chowdhury, Youngjin Choi, Salvatore Nicotera, Andrea Torchia, Francesc Mañosa Moncunill, Virginia Garcia Candel, Nelson Durães, Kiseok Chang, Sunghee Cho, Chul Hong Kim, Marcel Lucassen, Ahmed Nejim, David Jiménez, Martijn Springer, Young Woo Lee, Seung Nam Cha, Jung Inn Sohn, Rui Igreja, Kyungmin Song, Pedro Barquinha, Rodrigo Martins, Gehan A.J. Amaratunga, Luigi G. Occhipinti, Manish Chhowalla, Jong Min Kim

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Smart textiles consist of discrete devices fabricated from—or incorporated onto—fibres. Despite the tremendous progress in smart textiles for lighting/display applications, a large scale approach for a smart display system with integrated multifunctional devices in traditional textile platforms has yet to be demonstrated. Here we report the realisation of a fully operational 46-inch smart textile lighting/display system consisting of RGB fibrous LEDs coupled with multifunctional fibre devices that are capable of wireless power transmission, touch sensing, photodetection, environmental/biosignal monitoring, and energy storage. The smart textile display system exhibits full freedom of form factors, including flexibility, bendability, and rollability as a vivid RGB lighting/grey-level-controlled full colour display apparatus with embedded fibre devices that are configured to provide external stimuli detection. Our systematic design and integration strategies are transformational and provide the foundation for realising highly functional smart lighting/display textiles over large area for revolutionary applications on smart homes and internet of things (IoT).

Original languageEnglish
Article number814
Number of pages9
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • smart textiles
  • Clothing
  • Sensor


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