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Hi-tech knitting, or How to tie an exoskeleton

It seems that the creation of super-clothing will be one of the main trends in the fashion industry in the near future. Most recently, we reported that a graphene dress was presented in the UK , as even more interesting information arrived. A team of researchers from Sweden created a knitting cloth consisting of electrically conductive threads. In fact, now, having bought a pair of tangles of such threads, anyone who wants, with the appropriate skills, will be able to bind himself an exoskeleton.

About the amusing invention informs edition of magazine Science Advances. As stated in the article, the Swedes have already linked several samples of “smart” tissue. The underlying cellulose fiber is coated with a compound called polypropitol – a polymer whose molecules rotate and stretch under the action of an electric field. Created with the help of such cloth clothes even managed to manage: scientists without problems can control the movement of objects on which the product is worn. In addition to the “woolen” material, specialists made the same textiles and textiles. Of both materials, a sleeve was sewn, which when put on an artificial arm could lift a weight of more than 2 grams.

To increase the lift, the developers plan to add to the mixture of the polymer metals and carbon fiber in the future, which can greatly increase the strength of the knitted exoskeleton. Unlike other existing materials for exoskeletons, the knitting fabric looks and feels more natural, and for its production it is not necessary to collect special shops: it is possible to arrange the production of “smart” fabric within any textile enterprise. The developers believe that products made from such tissues can be a good way of rehabilitation for people who have difficulty in moving due to injuries and various degenerative diseases.

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