chapter  4
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Electro-Textile Interfaces: Textile-Based Sensors and Actuators

Just as the history of a costume reflects the changing culture and technology of its age, the purpose of clothing has also been changing with the culture of its age. The purpose of clothing in the primitive age was to protect the body from the environment. The animal leather and furs and the leaves of grass not only protected humans from nature but also extended their living space to include the severe cold area where human activities were difficult without the protective clothing. The function of clothing has evolved from the means of protecting human beings to the instrument of augmenting human capabilities. The biblical phrase in Genesis 3:7 expresses the clothing’s socio-cultural and communicational functions quite clearly: “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” The clothes after the Middle Ages had

4.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 89 4.2 Electro-textile Interfaces .................................................................................92