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Clothes that transmit digital data soon

Researchers working on wearable electronics have been able to embroider circuits into fabric with super precision -- a key step toward the design of clothes that gather, store or transmit digital information

 

Imagine shirts that act as antennas for smartphones or tablets, workout clothes that monitor fitness level or even a flexible fabric cap that senses activity in the brain!
 
All this will soon be possible as the researchers working on wearable electronics have been able to embroider circuits into fabric with super precision -- a key step toward the design of clothes that gather, store or transmit digital information.
 
"A revolution is happening in the textile industry. We believe that functional textiles are an enabling technology for communications and sensing and one day, even for medical applications like imaging and health monitoring," said lead researcher John Volakis from Ohio State University.
 
The milestone achieved by the Ohio researchers has the potential to allow integration of electronic components such as sensors and computer memory devices into clothing with 0.1 mm precision.
 
With further development, the technology could also lead to sports equipment that monitor athletes' performance or a bandage that tells doctors how well the tissue beneath it is healing.
 
Volakis' team created the functional textiles, also called "e-textiles," on a typical tabletop sewing machine. 
 
Like other modern sewing machines, it embroiders thread into fabric automatically based on a pattern loaded via a computer file. 
 
The researchers substituted the thread with fine silver metal wires that, once embroidered, feel the same as traditional thread to the touch.
 
"For the first time, we've achieved the accuracy of printed metal circuit boards, so our new goal is to take advantage of the precision to incorporate receivers and other electronic components," added Volakis in a paper published in the journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.
 
The shape of the embroidery determines the frequency of operation of the antenna or circuit.
 
"Shape determines function. And you never really know what shape you will need from one application to the next. So we wanted to have a technology that could embroider any shape for any application," noted Asimina Kiourti, co-author of the study.
 
She also incorporated some techniques common to microelectronics manufacturing to add parts to embroidered antennas and circuits.
 
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Venkateswara Rao Chakravadhanula

8 months ago

Maybe, this can run as spying gadget ONLY to threaten the enemy. However, this SHALL lead to new new boom to some croons to commit atrocities on any one. AH!!?? What A DIFFERENCE!! just 2 centuries ago, inventions & discoveries were made to facilitate human work force in ALL POSSIBLE ways to improve knowledge. Now all that is being UTILIZED in mutilation of lives???

No minister's nominees on SEBI search panel, Centre tells SC

The petition in the case was filed by former Punjab director general of police Julio F Ribeiro, former chief election commissioner JM Lyngdoh, former air force chief Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy and others in 2013

 

The Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it had done away with putting two nominees of the finance minister on the search-cum-selection panel for the SEBI chief.
 
As Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the government had done away with the practice for the appointment of chief of market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the court disposed of a public interest litigation challenging change in the panel composition.
 
An apex court bench comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was told that the decision on not having two ministerial nominees on the selection panel was taken in December 2015.
 
The petition in the case was filed by former Punjab director general of police Julio F. Ribeiro, former chief election commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh, former air force chief Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy and others in 2013.
 
Addressing the court, when Rohatgi wondered how former Bombay Police commissioner Ribeiro was concerned over the panel composition, Chief Justice Thakur observed: "One is policing the people, other is policing the market."
 
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SBI contests Mallya firm's claim in tribunal case

Admitting the bank's objections, tribunal presiding officer CR Benkanahalli posted the case to April 21 for further hearing

 

The State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday objected to the claim of Rs.594 crore by Vijay Mallya-controlled United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd. which it recovered by selling the UB's shares pledged against loans given to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.
 
Filing counter-objections in the Debt Recovery Tribunal here to the UBHL claim made on April 5, the bank's counsel said the claim was a tactic to delay justice in Mallya's Rs.9,090-crore loan case of a consortium of banks, including the SBI, before the tribunal.
 
"The claim on the amount at this stage is a deliberate attempt to delay our case for recovering the loans given to the holding company of the airline," SBI counsel said.
 
Admitting the bank's objections, tribunal presiding officer C.R. Benkanahalli posted the case to April 21 for further hearing.
 
The SBI recovered Rs.594 crore by selling 2.6 million equity shares of the 3.5 million shares of United Spirits Ltd. (USL) the holding firm pledged with it for lending Rs.1,600 crore to the airline.
 
The bank sold the shares in April 2013 at Rs.1,836 per share after the airline and its holding firm (UBHL) failed to repay the loan amount due by then.
 
"The holding firm should have filed its objections on or before May 6, 2014, and not in April 2016 when the loan recovery case was at the stage of final hearings," counsel submitted, justifying the bank's decision to sell the shares as per the norms of the Recovery of Debt due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993, (RDDBFI Act).
 
Contesting the bank's decision to sell its pledged shares in April 2013, UBHL said it suffered a loss as they were sold at a far lower price than their value, which touched a high of Rs.4,080 per share in April 2015.
 
In a related development, the consortium petitioned the tribunal to attach sale proceedings of Mallya's corporate jet (Airbus A319-133ACJ) from auction the service tax department is conducting on May 12-13 at Mumbai airport to recover Rs.370 crore the airline owes it from its commercial operations from 2009-2012.
 
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Mohan Damodaran

8 months ago

DRTs have certainly not covered themselves with glory the way they have allowed the debt recovery cases of banks relating to Vijaya Mallya drag endlessly.SC is lecturing BCCI about accountability but why not look within and streamline the working of DRTs to make them accountable.

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