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.
A New Wave Of Innovative Wearable Tech Is Emerging #WareableTechAwardsNovember 10, 2017
It was great to attend the Wareable Tech Awards last night, up in shiny Shoreditch. Mano and Muchaneta from FashNerd were in fine spirit, despite trotting in from across the planet for the show. It was a joy, but not a surprise, when Hadeel Ayoub was crowned the “Saves the Day Project of the Year” award winner on the night, ...
Take Your Prototype To The Next Level With WEAR SustainOctober 18, 2017
Wearable technologies Engage with Artists for Responsible innovation (WEAR Sustain) is a European Commission funded (yay! for Europe!), 2 year, €3m Horizon 2020 project, which aims to connect people from art, design and creative industries with technology and engineering professionals. The aim? To develop sustainable and ethical wearable and e-textile products, utilising the breathtaking opportunities Wearables and IoT presents to ...
The Dawn of Wireless ChargingSeptember 20, 2017
Ok - so the heart rate has gone down again, life can slowly get back to normal. Apple have finally released the product we all already knew about. One upgrade to the flagship phones is wireless charging. If we are being technically correct, consumer grade wireless charging solutions have been kicking around for at least a decade. The basic technology ...