Armor is a new prototype created by two New York startups, The Crated and Strong Arm Technologies. The collaboration introduces a new type of smart apparel that will function using printed textile circuits.
Inspired by StrongArm’s deep understanding and connection to the safety of active workers, Armor was created using INTELLiTEX, patent-pending technology designed and fabricated by The Crated, and a printed graphene temperature sensor by Bon Bouton.
With the objective to advance smart apparel so that e-textiles can become softer and more useful, the Armor prototype has the ability to monitor harmful working conditions such as bodily stress, extreme temperatures and compromising postures. Armor can also be housed in any apparel exterior which makes it easier for it to intelligently recognise problems such as fatigue and strain.
So who are The Crated? They are a technology company that focuses on seamlessly integrating electronic circuitry into textiles. With an eye towards supply chain integration, they invent solutions to help companies whilst building bridges to the future of truly intelligent textiles. Founded by Maddy Maxey, the Crafted team has expert knowledge of fashion, diligent prototyping and dedication to a seamless user experience. They have worked with Google, Zac Posen, and North Face, just to name a few.
As for StrongArm Technologies, they develop leading ergonomic solutions for injury prevention and peak performance for the industrial workforce. Through innovative design, StrongArm’s flagship product is the V22 ErgoSkeletonTM. It unlocks human potential with a stress on safety, strength and endurance through injury prevention.
After being introduced to the potential of the Armor prototype, I was excited about how functional the creation was but I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that it was not visually appealing. On that, I guess one could argue that the Armor prototype has been created for safety in the workplace so therefore being beautiful would not be high priority. To that I would say, wouldn’t it be great if The Crated x StrongArm partnership would influence other companies to collaborate and create unique products that are actually BOTH beautiful and functional?