A textile version of pixels in a computer display. Fabcell enables expression of visual images in real space because it displays images on the curves of flexible textiles.

Enhanced Life
In Fabcell, fibers dyed with liquid crystal ink and conductive yarns are woven into a square textile. The ink changes color from transparency to red, green, and blue as voltage is applied to the conductive yarn, changing the fabric's temperature.

To realize graphics in the real world by displaying images on clothing, curtains, or furniture, and to move image-display technology from rigid devices like LCDs to flexible curved surfaces.

When Fabcells are arranged in matrices, the form a flexible display. Unlike OLED displays or emissive devices using fiber optics, Fabcell is a non-emissive and flexible textile.

In Fabcell, the fusion of chemistry and electro technology shifts the visual-display platform from hard panels to soft and portable textiles. In future work, Fabcell will be miniaturized. If the resolution of the Fabcell textile is high, images can be downloaded and burned into the fabric. Using Fabcell, clothing or curtains will be changed as if they are display devices, and our living spaces will become more informative and attractive.

Emerging Technologies Sketch

Midori Shibutani
Keio University
lestari (at) sfc.keio.ac.jp

Akira Wakita
Keio University