A few weeks ago we were a part of the WEAR 2016 conference in Boston–a wearables conference that was very much on the cutting edge of materials and ideas. At the event, we saw eleven very interesting companies that we want to share with you–many of these will help create and power the next generation of wearable tech. Take a look!
Companies at WEAR 2016
NuCurrent – A Chicago based company that produces high efficiency printed wireless power antennas. NuCurrent’s technology is applicable for wearables, phones, IoT, automobiles, and much more.
NPL Smart Textiles – The National Physical Laboratory is the UK’s National Measurement Institute. “At NPL, the Electronics Interconnection Group has developed a new method to produce conductive textiles. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical by enabling lightweight circuits to be printed directly onto complete garments.”
StretchSense – StretchSense is a global supplier of soft sensors that is based in New Zealand. They create “wearable motion sensors that measure stretch, pressure, bend and shear.” Besides being applicable in the health and connected car industries, StretchSense sensors can be used for motion sensing for smart sports garments.
Bekaert – This company was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Belgium. It has grown into a “world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies.”
NeuronicWorks – NeuronicWorks Inc. is “an engineering design company based in Toronto, Canada that offers custom product development services.” They provide services in the areas of: hardware design, firmware development, software development, industrial design, prototyping, web & mobile apps, manufacturing support, and component inventory.
Analog Devices – Analog Devices or ADI has been around for 50 years. In their own words they “enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure and connect.” A few categories (of the many) they work in are: sensors, optical, interface & isolation, processors & DSP, and power management.
Xenoma’s e-skin – Xenoma Inc. is a spin-off company from the University of Tokyo. E-skin “enables the user to monitor motion, breathing, pressure, body temperature and other functions. E-skin is machine washable, highly durable and is comfortable to wear as a typical shirt.”
Thermal Tech – Thermal Tech makes a jacket that uses “solar-capturing fabric technology” to heat the wearer. They offer three different types of collections for men and women: Outdoor, Extreme, and Fashion. Last March Thermal Tech was 242% funded on Indiegogo.
AiQ Smart Clothing – This wearable technology solutions company is based in Taiwan and is a subsidiary company of Tex-Rey. “At AiQ Smart Clothing Inc. we use innovative technologies to integrate stainless steel yarns and threads directly into clothing creating fashionable, functional, lightweight, washable and easy to use products.”
AATCC textiles – The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (or AATCC) is “the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals. AATCC provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for thousands of members in 60 countries throughout the world.”
3dMD – This company makes “high-precision 3D & 4D (temporal) surface imaging systems and analysis software for the human anatomy.” Besides doing research and using their technology in the healthcare industry, their imaging systems and software are also applicable to retailers and manufacturers that “feature customized 3D-printed wearables.”
We also learned a lot at WEAR. We’ll be sharing that with you next!
Third Wave Fashion has been your fashion tech think tank since 2011. We publish the first ever printed fashion tech magazine, Third Wave. Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of the latest in fashion tech + wearables. NuCurrent photo from nucurrent.com, NeuronicWorks photo from neuronicworks.com, Xeonma photo from xenoma.com, AiQ Smart Clothing photo from aiqsmartclothing.com, 3dMD image from 3dmd.com, StretchSense photo by Megan Pfiffner.