DuPont Transforms Ordinary Fabrics Into Connected, Intelligent Garments

DuPont Advanced Materials, known for their world-class science and engineering, have unveiled a new generation of stretchable electronic inks and films for smart clothing

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The power forward DuPont has recently added to its growing portfolio Intexar™ smart clothing technology. Eliminating “the bumps and seams that drag down other types of wearable tech”, the technology works by transforming ordinary fabrics into active, connected, intelligent garments that provide critical biometric data including heart rate, breathing rate, form awareness and muscular tension. By offering superior stretch and comfort, Intexar™ can easily be integrated into garments to make smart clothing.DuPont

Intexar Compatible w/ Polymer, Glass & Ceramic

Bringing innovative products, materials and services since 1802, DuPont’s electronic inks have been used in many applications, including forming conductive traces, capacitor and resistor elements. Compatible with many substrate surfaces including polymer, glass and ceramic, DuPont’s Intexar™ biometric clothing technology is available as a suite of premium and high-performing stretchable electronic inks and flexible substrates. Intexar™ is seamlessly embedded, using standard apparel manufacturing processes to create thin, form-fitting circuits. The intelligent garments powered by Intexar™ can endure over 100 washes, and continue to perform through repeated stretching and demanding performance. So this means that you can treat smart clothing like any other piece of athletic wear.

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On DuPont Intexar’s ability to monitor stats and allow athletes to track performance without worrying about damaging the tech, Michael Burrows, global business manager of DuPont Advanced Materials shared, “Every athlete – from professional to everyday – can benefit from smart clothing to help boost their performance; but it has to look good and feel good. Intexar™ is a game-changing technology and will truly move the needle in making smart garments as comfortable as regular fitness clothing.”

Recently at Outdoor Retailer, an apparel show, the chemical engineering powerhouse presented two smart clothing garments powered by Intexar™ technology. The first was a smart clothing company called ‘Body Plus’ who exhibited a smart fitness shirt that uses DuPont™ Intexar™ to enable real-time monitoring and data collection, e.g., heart rate, breathing and muscle movements. The second item was a high-end fitness sports bra by OMsignal, boasting advanced sensor technologies capturing real time ECG, respiration and physical activity. “We’re using Intexar™ prints for our ECG sensors. Intexar™ technology is enabling multiple applications well beyond athletic apparel and is helping us to make smart clothing mainstream,” said Frederic Chanay, CEO and co-founder of OMsignal.

Intexar is DuPont’s first-to-market technology. It promises to completely change the wearables industry as we know it. Manufacturer ready, Intexar could be the perfect partner for innovative brands looking to transform fabric into smart clothing, by integrating next generation technology. To those brands we say, we want to be”wearing tomorrow” sooner rather than later, so bring it on.

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