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.
Founded in 1973 in Hawthorne, N.J. to manufacture high precision square wire for connectors and electronic components, Fisk Alloy invented PERCON in the 1990ies, a family of environmentally friendly copper alloys combining high conductivity with high tensile strength. The cool thing about PERCON it that it was RoHS compliant well before the EU directive came out.
Fisk Alloy's products can be found in all demanding markets where failure is not an option and who require high performance components: Aerospace, Medical, Robotics, Automotive and E-Textiles.
Fisk Alloy PERCON alloys are so good and homogeneous in their composition that we draw them to ultra-fine gauge sizes, AWG 56 being currently the finest size which corresponds to 12 microns or a third of a human hair. They combine these single-end wires to stranded constructions, 7-ends, 19-ends as well as rope-lay conductors putting up to 1000 single-ends together.
The main advantages of Fisk Alloy PERCON alloys are superior flex life for all cables in movement, excellent softening resistance when exposed to high temperatures as well as opportunities for size and weight saving thanks to great strength without sacrificing conductivity. A few years ago they invented Percon 28, unique in its capability of combining 80 KSI tensile strength with 85% electrical conductivity in a soft-annealed condition. No other alloy world-wide is able to match these properties.
E-textiles is an ideal market for PERCON and especially Percon 28, as their wire can be woven, knitted and embroidered invisibly into the fabric, allowing signal transmission for various data-sensing and monitoring purposes.
Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!
Sensing Tex based in Barcelona, develops smart textiles for interior design, security, health, sportswear, automotive, fashion and more. SensingTex offers innovative solutions, development services, components, integrations kits for OEM clients as well as a line of finished products which combine textile with the latest electronics technologies. Filmed at IDTechEx Show!
StretchSense is a B2B supplier of lightweight and high-precision sensors for companies in wearables, healthcare, sports, and motion capture industries. Soft and stretchy capacitive sensors are a new type of sensor that is in strong demand for wearable technology, a current mega trend determining new ways of human-device interaction, sports training and healthcare provision. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show! USA 2016 tradeshow in Santa Clara California.
Interview with Forster Rohner Textile Innovations. They are a manufacturer of eTextile components. The main focus of the company is the integration of electronic functionalities into textile structures using industrial embroidery technologies. Examples are the integration of LEDs and solar cells into textiles as well as the integration of sensor and heating structures.
For more information see http://www.forsterrohner.com/frti and http://www.IDTechEx.com
Novasentis CEO introduces their flexible, thin, light, multi output haptic technology, here demonstrating how it may be used to enhanse sensing for AR/VR applications where you already have video and audio, and the haptic feedback that can be customized for each finger and programmed so that you can get a variety of "sensations", smart variable haptic frequencies can emulate the feeling of touching different materials in the AR/VR world. Francois did not name his customers but they are working with companies that are making AR/VR devices, gaming controllers and wearable devices. I have previously video blogged about the flexible wearable devices and they are making further progress with that application also where the haptic actuators are embedded into the smart watch strap. I can think of many more applications for this technology including smart clothing. Watch my channel to hear latest updates about Novasentis that is the only company that has this type of technology.