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Color tunable photonic textiles for wearable display applications
Author(s): I. Sayed; J. Berzowska; M. Skorobogatiy
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Paper Abstract

Integration of optical functionalities such as light emission, processing and collection into flexible woven matrices of fabric have grabbed a lot of attention in the last few years. Photonic textiles frequently involve optical fibers as they can be easily processed together with supporting fabric fibers. This technology finds uses in various fields of application such as interactive clothing, signage, wearable health monitoring sensors and mechanical strain and deformation detectors. Recent development in the field of Photonic Band Gap optical fibers (PBG) could potentially lead to novel photonic textiles applications and techniques. Particularly, plastic PBG Bragg fibers fabricated in our group have strong potential in the field of photonic textiles as they offer many advantages over standard silica fibers at the same low cost. Among many unusual properties of PBG textiles we mention that they are highly reflective, PBG textiles are colored without using any colorants, PBG textiles can change their color by controlling the relative intensities of guided and reflected light, and finally, PBG textiles can change their colors when stretched. Some of the many experimental realization of photonic bandgap fiber textiles and their potential applications in wearable displays are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2010
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7690, Three-Dimensional Imaging, Visualization, and Display 2010 and Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics IV, 76901G (15 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850855
Show Author Affiliations
I. Sayed, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada)
J. Berzowska, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
M. Skorobogatiy, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7690:
Three-Dimensional Imaging, Visualization, and Display 2010 and Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics IV
Bahram Javidi; John Tudor Thomas; Jung-Young Son; Daniel D. Desjardins, Editor(s)

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