StretchSense creates polymer soft sensing arrays as stretchy sensors for Smart Clothing. It's a 7 layer capacitive sensor measuring any movement. They are over 130 people in the factory who can create any garment size, with high consistency, low cost.
Interviewed at the IDTechEx Show! USA: http://IDTechEx.com/USA
BeBop makes fabric sensors that are piezo-resistive, they showed off their latest product the Forte Wireless Glove that can sense finger movements and incorporates haptic feedback. Ideally used in VR applications, this glove can work for 15 hours on a single charge, it is a one size fits all model, very fast response up to 150 frames/second for gaming applications, unique haptic actuators embedded at each finger tip. BeBop also showed pressure sensing foot pads and hand tracking system both using their fabric sensor technology. The company has been shipping its sensors into musical instruments sold by its sister company KMI, one such example was the BopPad a musical drum pad that is in the market already. BeBop is silicon valley based startup, expecting to go into mass production this year.
Tacterion shows their innovative and unique capacitive+resistive technology is a highly flexible and stretchable sensor called sensorskin which consists of silicone polymer material and is completely stretchable. Sensors can be deployed on the surface of 3D-curved and even deformable objects for detecting and characterizing interaction and pressure on any surface. The technology is optimized for environments that require the products to be sensitive and extremely robust at the same time. The target markets are Robotics, MedTech, Automotive, Industrial applications and HMI (e.g. Consumer Electronics). Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!
AiQ is showcasing their wearable apparels with the sensors like heart rate monitor,motion sensor,temperature sensor. Here they are showcasing the heart rate monitor and logger T-shirt which sends the data to the server via Bluetooth. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!
Jenax J.Flex is an innovative flexbile battery freeing design limitations without sacrificing power enabling new form factors for flexible smartphones, flexible wearables and other ideas for flexible future devices based on Li-Ion Gel polymer electrolyte enabling rapid movement of lithium ion with no overheating, high energy density, low internal resistance and that can be stable even with bending fatigue. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!
Ohmatex of Denmark is an expert in smart textile technology developing products and solutions for integrating electronics into textile. Ohmatex currently has a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a garment with NIRS (Near Infra-Red) and EMG sensors to monitor leg muscle activity during astronaut training. Filmed at the IDTechEx show!
Students at the North Carolina State University work on smart clothing, designing interesting dresses, smart clothes, for it to be useful and look good.
Flex (formerly known as Flextronics) is the world's second largest global electronics manufacturing services (EMS), original design manufacturer (ODM) company by revenue, after Foxconn to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Headquartered in Singapore and has manufacturing operations in over 40 countries, totaling approximately 200,000 employees.