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"textile-like," says de Kok - but to date
it's not possible. If manufacturers could
print directly onto rubber, this would
also drastically simplify the production
process and, again, the cost.
To the non-expert, the seemingly
obvious question is: Why can't they
just print right onto the textile? If it
works for T-shirts, shouldn't it work for
printed electronics?
"It's certainly feasible," de Kok says,
but it's not that simple. The problem is
that textiles have a very open structure
- that's what we love about them.
They're breathable, flexible, foldable,
and lightweight. But electronics require
a continuous, uninterrupted layer in
order to actually conduct electricity
and function. De Kok says this leaves
researchers two options: close up the
structure of the textile (via flaps on
the surface, for instance), or "manipulate the surface tension energies of
the textile in such a way that the
electronics will stay on top."

Van Dongen has her sights set
beyond the realm of the smartphone.
In a recent blog post, she quotes Syuzi
Pakhchyan, a thought leader in the
wearable technology world: "Our body
is not a smartphone." Pakhchyan sat
on a panel with van Dongen at the
recent South by Southwest festival

in Austin, Texas. "There are so many
more interesting, engaging, and subtler
ways in which we can interface with
and through our bodies," the blog post
continues, reminding readers of the
importance of the human wearing the
wearables. "Let's replace 'What does it
do' with 'What does it incite us to do?'"

Reinvented

Redefining fashion
Despite its challenges, the Solar Shirt is
unique in both the printed electronics
and fashion worlds. "To date, all attempts to combine solar technology and
fashion had focused on one-off, haute
couture designs," van Dongen says in
a release. "We were able to seamlessly
integrate the technology and the design
so they mutually inform each other -
advancing the concept and value of
fashion. We've taken solar fashion from
the catwalk to the high street."
The potential for customization is
encouraging, as well. Ton van Mol, Holst
Centre managing director, says the modular ability of the roll-to-roll production
gives designers "complete freedom."
What's next? De Kok says a large
focus at Holst Centre right now is
integrating organic and inorganic
components to achieve the best of both
worlds. Such products would then have
both excellent conductivity as well
as the rigidity to survive mechanical
impacts. Possible applications range
from medical imaging to car dashboards and more.

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