This year the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has two stands, 'Clever clothes' and 'Super sight', at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015, the annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK, 30 June - 5 July 2015, London.
The 'Clever clothes' exhibit features the latest textiles technology that will make us safer, healthier and more productive. NPL, along with Coventry University and Footfalls & Heartbeats, will be highlighting the potential of smart clothing and wearable technology. To make smart clothing practical we need better ways to apply electronic circuitry to fabric, so it's not impaired by stretching, flexing or repeated washing. The exhibit will show how we're developing robust processes to 'metallise' fabric for electrical conductivity, and how clever clothing might be used in the future.
NPL and TruLife Optics have a 'Super sight' exhibit, which shows how everyone can be a superhuman with new optical technology for augmented reality. Augmented reality is the placement of computer generated images into the human eye's view. It has a world of possibilities for work, play and daily life. This exhibit showcases our new optic that can overlay high resolution, 3D full colour images and video onto your view of the outside world.
The week-long festival features 22 exhibits from the forefront of British innovation and entry is free for all ages. Those attending are able to meet the scientists, try some of the hands-on activities and be inspired and excited by science and technology.