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The Sporty Supaheroe by Austrian company, Utope, is a stylish cycling jacket featuring improved visibility and security in the dark. The wearable electronic system, which includes four modular smart patches with LEDs, sensors, a switch and a rechargeable battery, is based on stretchable circuit board technology developed by Fraunhofer IZM. The circuit board is made out of thermoplastic polyurethane, onto which meander-shaped copper conductors are applied.
This paper provides the latest insights into emerging technology to enhance wearability of e-textiles and smart clothing by reviewing cutting-edge research and development. Multidiscipline of e-textiles is addressed, and e-textiles are explored from the textile and clothing perspective as well as the electrical and informational perspective. By Minyoung Suh (june 2010)