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5 Top Emerging Smart Textile Solutions Impacting The Industry

We analyzed 171 smart textile solutions impacting the wearables industry.​ Mesomat, Nyoka Technologies, Clim8, Myant & Elitac develop 5 top solutions to watch out for. Learn more in our Global Startup Heat Map!

Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on wearables. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising smart textile solutions.

Heat Map: 5 Top Smart Textile Solutions

Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of textiles. For this research, we identified 171 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.

The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative smart textile solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 171 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.

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Which startups develop the other 166 solutions?

 

MesoMat – Conductive Textiles

Conductive textiles, or fabrics that conduct electricity, find applications in a wide number of smart textile applications in various industries, including in sport, healthcare, safety, and entertainment. They are used to produce sensors and smart garments for health and performance monitoring. Recent innovations in conductive textiles, such as technology that enable their stretchability, make it easier to produce smart clothes from such fabric.

Canadian startup MesoMat develops a proprietary wire that conducts electricity even as it is bent and stretched. The startup uses the physics of self-assembly to develop ultra-durable fiber, which is stretchable by over 50% while retaining conductivity. The fabric is also easy to interface with traditional electronic components using MesoMat’s proprietary soft solder.

Nyoka Technologies – Soft Electronic Circuits

The wearables market is constantly growing with a range of new products. These include smart shirts that track vital signs and smart jackets that improve women’s safety. Soft electronic circuit systems play an important role in the development of smart clothing. These circuits integrate into textile products and also provide fabrics with sensing and other capabilities.

Nyoka Technologies is an Indian startup that designs and manufactures soft and flexible circuit systems that sense, actuate, and analyze data. The startup offers customizable solutions to meet the size, shape, and functionality needs of its customers. It offers Zeal, a safety jacket for women that detects an attack and automatically deters the attacker with a mild electric shock, in addition to sending a GPS-SOS alert.

Clim8 – Intelligent Thermal Textile

Temperature monitoring and regulation are important applications of e-textiles. Startups and emerging companies around the world are developing innovative as well as intelligent thermal textile technologies. These technologies enable the production of smart garments that sense the user’s body temperature and regulate heating and cooling to ensure comfort.

French startup Clim8 provides intelligent thermal systems that integrate into temperature regulating garments. The startup’s technology includes tiny thermal sensors that monitor the user’s skin temperature. The sensors collect data, adapt to the environment, and user profile, in addition to other specific needs.

Myant – Textile Computing

As textiles are integrated into the everyday lives of people, they provide an excellent opportunity for innovators. Startups combine textiles with various technological advancements to solve challenges to add value across industries. One such innovation is the integration of sensors and actuators into clothing fabric, enabling the collection and processing of biometric data, as well as reacting to it.

Myant is a Candian startup that knits sensors and actuators into everyday textiles, enabling them to sense and react to the human body. The company serves multiple industries, including healthcare, fitness, workplace safety, automotive, aerospace, and connected environments. Myant is also developing special offerings to help in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. These include biometric textiles for remote monitoring, triage, and care of patients, as well as antiviral masks and gloves for essential service workers.

Elitac – Flexible Electronic Circuits

Companies in the wearables industry still rely on rigid electronic components for sensing, providing power, and other functions. Disadvantages of these elements include discomfort to the user and damages from machine wash. Flexible electronic circuits, that are comfortable to wear, stretchable, washable, and easily integrable into clothing, solve these challenges, enabling further development of wearable technologies.

Dutch startup Elitac specializes in flexible electronics and the application of haptic feedback in smart garments. The company helps clients from various industries develop new products, from concept to initial production. Elitac produces wearables that help people with severe balance disorders. In addition, the company makes smart clothing for rehabilitation, shirts with haptic feedback for neurosurgeons, and haptic navigation belts for soldiers.

What About The Other 166 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 so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 smart textile solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 171 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.

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