Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the healthcare industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising smart garment solutions.
Heat Map: 4 Top Smart Garment Startups
For our 4 picks of smart garment startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 507 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Vitali Wear – Passive Smart Textiles
Passive smart textiles are ordinary fabrics that are able to perceive the data about the conditions or stimuli of the environment by affixing/attaching smart sensor technologies to apparel. Examples are UV protective clothing, plasma treated clothing, fabric with optical sensors, etc.
Vitali Wear, a startup from Vancouver, Canada, manufactures an everyday smart bra (bra & GEM sensor) that tracks breathing, posture, and heart rate variability to understand and recognize user’s bodily patterns and give personalized feedback about their stress levels and wellbeing. Its product tracks various key indicators and transfers data to a mobile application that keeps track of goals and progress, as well as offers breathing and meditation exercises on-demand.
Xenoma – Active Smart Textiles
The generation of smart textiles comprise both in-clothes sensors and actuators. Active smart fabrics can memorize the shape, keep the сhameleon effect, regulate temperature, resist water, absorb vapors, heat fabric and store it. It’s literally “smart” fabrics.
Tokyo-based Xenoma specializes in system integration using smart apparel. Its stretchable electronics technology Printed Circuit Fabric (PCF) includes sensor calibration and magnetometer-free motion capturing algorithms and combines it with Xenoma’s e-skin smart apparel which is used in everyday life. It uses a Bluetooth module that is plugged into the center of the chest to transmit data from the sensors to a nearby PC or smartphone running Xenoma’s custom software.
B10NIX – Ultra Smart Textiles
Ultra smart textiles are much more advanced. They can not only sense disparate data types but also make forecasts and fit external conditions without preliminary tuning. Such kind of textiles work like a brain due to a built-in microcomputer and don’t need additional devices to make measurements. Examples of this clothing type are spacesuits, I-wear, sports jackets, musical jackets, wearable computers, etc.
Italy-based B10NIX aims to design new methods and paradigms of communication between users and machines with a focus on wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). The company’s project, WISE, is a wearable device integrated inside smart garments and able to track muscular activity during fitness or rehabilitation exercises in order to help users and their personal trainers/physiotherapists understand what aspects of the training can be improved and how to do that.
Digitsole – Internet of Wearable Things (IoWT)
The Internet of Wearable Things is represented not only within clothes but also any smart electronic device (smart watches, smart glasses, smart hearing aids, smart shoes, fitness trackers, body sensors, wearable cameras, etc.) with microcontrollers, that can be worn on the body as an implant or as an accessory. These controllers can receive data about the human who wears them or/and about surroundings with the purpose to create constant, convenient, seamless, portable, and mostly hands-free access to electronics and computers.
Digitsole, a startup from France, integrates electronics into footwear to offer consumers more functions. Run Profiler are connected insoles dedicated to measure, analyze and improve running performance. Equipped with an activity tracker, they are more precise and complete than a wristband or a connected watch, due to which the Run Profiler is able to analyze sports performance in 3D and real-time. This data helps improve performance, manage fatigue and detect the risk of injury.
What About The Other 503 Smart Garment Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 smart garment startups showcased above are promising examples out of 507 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.