The clothes we wear are likely the oldest form of Wearable Technology in existence. However, apart from recent advances in materials science, the process of creating fabrics has evolved relatively slowly over thousands of years. All that is changing, as the IoT blends more and more things with the digital world. Our work with Smart Fabrics is at the frontier of this emerging market, which for a long time has failed to ignite, but now holds such a lot of promise to give seamless technology with a gentle blending of the physical and digital worlds.
At NDP we have been working with fabric technology combinations for years and our team have created many patented technologies in the space. Although finding technologies that work well in this form is extremely challenging, we are now approaching a point where resilient and reliable sensors can be integrated with organic and conductive polymer fabrics to form real value propositions that people actually want and use.
Our approach to Smart Fabric Wearables is to look at manufacturability and robustness first and ensure that what we prototype can be readily translated to the production scale looms and assembly processes available in the market place. Above this we look for innovative use of connectivity, colour and the essential ingredient of high usability, including washability, charging, connectivity and a strong design for ever changing fashion.
Big news at the Central Research LaboratoryJune 5, 2017
I was in London last week and decided to pop along to an event at the CRL (Maker Connections) in Hayes and Harrington. What with Cross Rail and mega development, the area is changing faster than a Lean Startup. It was great to catch up with Mat Hunter (mega experienced hardware developer) and also a previous NDP mentor, Mandy Nyarko, who is ...
NDP CEO Jacob Skinner is Riding For CharityMay 25, 2017
So I have signed up to ride from Paris to London next month in aid of charity ‘Room to Read’. Room to Read targets a fundamental solution to many of the worlds problems, that of education. By establishing schooling for girls and children across the developing world, Room to Read have supported over 10 million kids worldwide. This 3 day 320km ...
What are the trends for Wearable Tech?April 3, 2017
Hopes were high for a wearable tech boom in 2016. The burgeoning market was poised to capitalise on the widespread adoption of ever smarter smartphones. However, at the end of 2016, some of the industry players who had been at the forefront of both brand and device awareness have either left the wearables scene or struggled to maintain a profitable ...