Scientists create smart textiles that could emit a distress signal or save a person's life.

A team of scientists from the Polytechnic School of Montreal in Canada, led by Maksim Skorobogatiy, have come up with a flexible battery that can be woven into fabrics to create smart textiles. The battery could provide power for gadgets to monitor our health, and even save lives.

The battery was created by sandwiching a solid polyethylene oxide electrode between a lithium-ion phosphate cathode and lithium titanium anode. When mildly heated, these thermoplastic materials can be stretched into a thread, which can then be woven into garments.

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