Textiles hold great promise as a soft yet durable material for building comfortable robotic wearables and assistive devices at low cost. Nevertheless, the development of smart wearables composed entirely of textiles has been hindered by the lack of a viable sheet-based logic architecture that can be implemented using conventional fabric materials and textile manufacturing processes. Here, we develop a fully textile platform for embedding pneumatic digital logic in wearable devices. Our logic-enabled textiles support combinational and sequential logic functions, onboard memory storage, user interaction, and direct interfacing with pneumatic actuators. In addition, they are designed to be lightweight, easily integrable into regular clothing, made using scalable fabrication techniques, and durable enough to withstand everyday use. We demonstrate a textile computer capable of input-driven digital logic for controlling untethered wearable robots that assist users with functional limitations. Our logic platform will facilitate the emergence of future wearables powered by embedded fluidic logic that fully leverage the innate advantages of their textile construction.
On the Cover: "I'll be the first to admit there was some dumb luck involved in capturing this image," says Andrew Chad. "But luck like this needs a solid foundation." Fortunately for Chad, that foundation was an above-average February snowpack in Jackson, Wyoming, atop a record-breaking January. On this particularly deep night, Chad convinced a few friends, including Corey Seemann, photographed, to skin up Snow King Resort at 11 p.m. with the promise of picking up the bar tab afterward. [Photo] Andrew Chad 2b1af7f3a8