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Wearable electronics embedded in clothing (Postponed)

How smart can our clothes become?

Textiles are ubiquitous and the integration of electronic functionality within textiles could lead to a wide array of possible applications cutting across multiple industries such as sports, healthcare, and defence.

This lecture will introduce electronic textiles, covering their historic development and the challenges encountered with integrating electronics with textiles. A recent advancement within the field are electronic yarns (or E-yarns) which incorporate electronic components 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 with a textile using this technology and this has resulted in the creation of a variety of devices including temperature sensing, vibration sensing, and solar energy harvesting electronic textiles.

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.


Continuing Professional Development

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


27 Mar 2020

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Add to Calendar 03/27/2020 14:00 03/27/2020 15:30 Wearable electronics embedded in clothing (Postponed) Electronics in textiles: The integration of electronics within textiles can add exciting new functions to clothing including such as sensing and energy harvesting. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


London Local Network

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Additional Info:

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 until the 31 March 2020 is £18.35.  After this date the meal will cost approx. £19.20.  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.

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Terms & Condition’s.

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

Senior Research Fellow in Electronic Textiles - Nottingham Trent University

Theo is a member of the Advanced Textiles Research Group 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 fields of wearable devices, electronic textiles, and sensor technologies and has authored over 40 publications.    

Reasons to attend

To understand the current developments of the research in the field of electronic textiles. 

In the wonderful refurbished surroundings of Savoy Place, this lecture will offer the opportunity to meet and network over lunch and during the event, with both members and non-members of the institute, who have similar interests.

Enable you to gain more insight, understanding and know how into a fascination subject.

Get to meet and ask the lecturer questions that were provoked during their presentation.

Enable you to continue and broaden your personal development, as the lecture qualifies for CPD points. 


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.


Programme:    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 of the 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 Centre 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 Centre counter.  Note: before entering the Faraday Centre you must sign in at the reception desk.

Please sign out when leaving the Faraday Centre.


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