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High-tech textiles woven into daily life

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Following the Textile International Forum and Exhibition (TIFE, 紡織科技國際論壇暨研發成果展) held in late September, the Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI, 紡織產業綜合研究所) is presenting an assortment of its latest technology advancements at the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS, 台北紡織展) until Wednesday.

Building upon its results from previous years, the smart textile industry offers products that are even more relevant to daily life, such as "FlyinGlove" (遙控手套) and textiles for smart sportswear, accessories and healthcare. An addition to the trending sector of virtual reality, the comfortable and lightweight "FlyinGlove" replaces the remote control and enhances user experience in entertainment by enabling flexible control over robots, drones, race cars and more.

Connecting removable electronic monitoring devices to clothing, "Smart Calf Sleeves" (智慧型腿套) and smart jogging suits can detect and record heart rates, blood pressure, body temperatures, blood sugar levels and breathing rhythm.

"Together with an app, this can help coaches more closely monitor professional athlete performance and adjust training methods accordingly. For amateurs, the app can give basic fitness tips that make exercise more efficient. The same technology is also applied in the 'Senior's Smart Suit,' which allows doctors, nurses or family members to keep track of the wearer's heath conditions at all times," Lin Jian-min (林兼民), director of TTRI's Department of Products (產品部), told The China Post.

Also on display are digital textile printing techniques that take pattern and print into consideration. These new techniques allow rapid and mass customization in production that are friendly to the environment by cutting down on excessive fabric use and fabric dyeing. ■

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