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Title: The design of mood changing clothing based on fibre optics and photovoltaic technologies
Author: Yang, Danying
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 0566
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2012
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In the era of interdisciplinary research, smart clothes and wearable technology is at the forefront of innovation. High-tech and multi-functional smart textiles, of various types and constructions, challenge the design of clothes. Unconventional materials/fabrics have been investigated for highly fashionable clothing, and developed a flexible smart clothing system. A collection of high fashion clothes has been designed and made up with a number of SMART characteristics, forming part of a wider collection. The synergism between design and technology is underpinned throughout the project. Electric power is provided by an array of flexible photovoltaic strips which have been carefully investigated so that they are functional but at the same time form part of the aesthetic design of the clothing. These PV strips are connected with conductive fabric and their energy is collected via a miniaturized electric circuit to store in a rechargeable Lithium battery. The purpose of this energy harvesting capability is twofold; one to charge personal mobile devices such as mobile phones and PDAs, and another to provide energy to an undergarment which is made of a woven luminescent fabric capable of changing colour by a stimulus from detecting the mood of the wearer. This mood changing function is provided by another miniaturised circuit with an audio sensor incorporated in it. The sensor picks up voice data and by analyzing its characteristics, it determines via a logic program in the circuitry the mood of the wearer (stress or relaxed) and it changes the colour of the garment accordingly via LEDs strategically positioned so that they provide the appropriate colour to the garment. The garment is woven with optical fibres and carefully incorporated in the design of the smart clothing system. The entire system has been designed, developed and implemented in a lady‘s and a man‘s fashion garments.
Supervisor: Stylios, George ; Coburn, Theresa Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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