From Fiber Devices to Fabric Systems – Enabling a Moore’s Law for Fibers

J. Cox
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America,
United States

Keywords: fabric, sensors


Our clothes help define us, yet the fabrics we wear have remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Recent breakthroughs in fiber materials and manufacturing processes allow us to design and produce fabrics that communicate, store and convert energy, and change color. AFFOA, a national non-profit – backed by industry, academic, government, and venture capital – is leading a manufacturing-based revolution that will transform traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated, functionally integrated, and networked systems. Herein, we describe our progress to date in enabling a ‘Moore’s law’ for fibers and fabrics.