Electronics embedded within textiles and clothing

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Learn how electronics are being embedded within textiles and clothing for a wide range of applications including healthcare, sport and athletics, the military, space, and entertainment.

The lecture will briefly cover historic, current, and likely future applications of electronic textiles

A range of different electronic textile products have been developed over the years for a variety of applications.

This area is growing quickly as more industries, in both the public and private sectors, invest in these technological innovations as tools to enhance their fields of work.

Initially this lecture will overview the history of the development of electronic textiles.

This will be followed by a discussion about different electronic textile innovations and their applications in areas such as healthcare, sport and athletics, the military, consumer apparel, space, and entertainment.   

After this brief outline of what the technology is making possible, the ways by which this is achieved will be covered

There are considerable challenges encountered when integrating electronics with textiles.

The integration of the electronics must lead to a robust product, but must also allow the textile to retain normal properties.

As such, a variety of methods have been developed for integrating electronic functionality within textiles.

The lecture will overview the main methods used to incorporate electronics within textiles and will then focus on the use of electronic yarn technology, where electronic components are incorporated within the structure of the yarns from which a textile or garment is comprised, making the electronics completely undetectable to the wearer.

Any small electronic component can be integrated within a textile using this technology and this has resulted in the creation of a variety of devices with applications including temperature sensing, vibration sensing, and solar energy harvesting.

The final part of the presentation will outline how these developments are moving into production

The production engineering of the E-yarns will be explained, as well as the progress made towards the large-scale manufacture of E-yarns.

A selection of prototypes that have been created using E-yarns will be presented, including a helmet cover that can monitor noise exposure, and a textile solar panel suitable for charging a mobile phone.

Significant work has been undertaken to ensure that these prototypes are suitable for their intended application, and some of this characterisation work will be discussed.

  • Electronic Materials

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


16 Dec 2022

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Add to Calendar 12/16/2022 14:00 12/16/2022 15:30 Electronics embedded within textiles and clothing Learn how electronics are being embedded within textiles and clothing for a wide range of applications including healthcare, sport and athletics, the military, space, and entertainment. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


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Registration Information

Registration will be available soon.

These lectures are preceded by an optional lunch where there is an opportunity to network with colleagues.  

If you wish to attend this lecture please book a place on the IET website.

During the booking process you will have the opportunity to pre book a lunch at Savoy Place. 

The cost for a two course meal with wine is £21.47 (inc VAT)

It is ESSENTIAL to pre book lunch and pay for it on this website.  

Reservations for lunch can be made up to 11pm on the Monday prior to the event (subject to availability).  

Bookings for the lecture only can be made up to noon on the day prior to the event (subject to availability).  

No payment for the event lunch can be made at Savoy Place.  


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    You can book for more than one person; you just need to add the other guest(s) name(s).
    You can add any special dietary requirements during the booking process.
    The website price quoted is exclusive of VAT.  VAT will be added when you pay.

Terms and Conditions

5+ days before event date - Full refund.

4 days before event date - No refund.

Name substitutions are accepted at any time by fax or email, the IET reserves the right to charge a transfer fee.


Dr. Theodore Hughes-Riley

Dr. Theodore Hughes-Riley

Associate Professor in Electronic Textiles - Nottingham Trent University

Theo is a member of the Advanced Textiles Research Group in the Nottingham School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University. His career has primarily concentrated on technology development with a strong multidisciplinary focus, exploiting his background in physics and experience with electronics to address challenges in other fields. Theo’s main area of responsibility is to apply his physics expertise towards the development of electronic textiles, such as the creation of novel textile-based sensing systems for health monitoring applications. He has a growing reputation in the fields of wearable devices, electronic textiles, and sensor technologies.

Reasons to attend

To understand the current research developments in the field of electronic textiles, their application, and production processes.


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.

We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

Further information about environmental sustainability and IET Events can be obtained by contacting rebecca.booth@theiet.org.


11:30/11:40 Arrival for optional lunch  

It is essential to sign in at the Faraday reception desk which is on the second floor for IET building before entering the Faraday Centre.  

12:00 to 13:45 – Optional lunch.  

13:45 - Arrival for lecture  

(It is essential to sign in separately for attendance at the lecture.  Note this is required for IET attendance records purposes and is different to the Faraday signing in procedure).  

14:00 to 14:45/15:00 – the lecture starts promptly at 14:00  

14:45/15:00 to 15:30 approximately – questions and discussion  

15:30 Optional tea/coffee in the Faraday Centre. 

Free for members. 

Non-members can purchase tea/coffee at the Faraday counter. 

Note before entering the Faraday Centre you must sign in at the reception desk.  

Please sign out when leaving the Faraday Centre.




Free of charge (charge for optional meal)

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