DuPont's Advanced Materials division showcased its newest smart clothing technology at the latest Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market, which took place in Salt Lake City on July 26-29. The company unveiled a new technology called Intexar, which is said to enable an easy transformation of regular fabrics into connected garments.
DuPont Intexar is described as electronic ink and film that seamlessly transforms fabric into smart clothing. This enables the wearer to gather biometric data such as breathing rate, muscle tension or heart rate. According to the company, the technology can be directly and easily embedded onto fabric using standard manufacturing processes.
Two types of smart clothing garments powered by Intexar technology were on display at the OR trade show. Body Plus presented a smart fitness shirt that uses Intexar to enable real-time monitoring and data collection about the wearer's performance. This shirt is commercially available in China. OMsignal presented a high-end fitness sports bra and a lifestyle bra, both using advanced sensory technologies to capture real-time data on heart rate (ECG), respiration and physical activity. OMsignal said it uses Intexar prints for its ECG sensors.