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Cool Shirt : Since 1987, Shafer Enterprises has grown exponentially to become the world leader in personal cooling systems for surgeons, racecar drivers, football players, fire/emergency services/hazmat, military and industrial workers. Using NASA study guidelines, Cool Shirt® active cooling systems help people manage body heat in extreme environments using circulating temperature-controlled liquids.
Eleksen Group plc (Eleksen Profile on Apparel Search) is the world leader in touch sensitive interactive textiles for electronics interface design. The company's core technology, ElekTex, is a unique electro-conductive fabric touch pad optimized for the creation of flexible, durable and rugged fabric touch screen interfaces. ElekTex is used in applications ranging from wearable electronic controls for consumer electronics and industrial wear to lightweight, low-power touch interfaces for CE accessories, telematics, military, transportation and space suits. It replaces the hard touch pads, flexi-circuits and polymer switches which have limited the growth of the wearable electronics markets. Eleksen licenses ElekTex and reference design to manufacturers for use in custom electronics design and also markets a range of ready-to-integrate solutions for garment, bags and accessories manufacturers. Eleksen is headquartered in Pinewood Studios near London, England, and in San Francisco, Calif.
iWallet: Using Biometric , and Bluetooth Technology, the iWallet was developed to recognize the biometric fingerprint scan programmed by the owners choice. Unauthorized access is simply locked out. Combined with available Carbon fiber and Carbon fiber with Kevlar hard case construction, (now also available in fiberglass models) the iWallet acts as a portable safe protecting ones valuables; cash, credit cards, drivers license, social security cards, etc.
MC10 announced in August 2012, it has signed a contract with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to develop solar cells that are directly integrated into the fabric cover of combat helmets and rucksacks. NSRDEC is responsible for maximizing soldier survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectiveness and quality of life, and the goal of this effort is to provide the dismounted soldier with a discrete, renewable power source. MC10 is currently developing a variety of products including interventional circuits that can diagnose and influence tissue function and ‘seamless sensing' devices to improve our health and wellbeing. The company partners with industry leaders including Reebok, Massachusetts General Hospital and a variety of U.S. government agencies to deliver innovative new products based on its conformal electronics platform. MC10 reshapes electronics to create thin, conformal systems that flex, stretch, and bend seamlessly with the natural world. The company combines breakthrough technology with innovative engineering to develop products that advance quality of life. MC10 is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
Scottevest : SCOTTeVEST (SeV) designs functional and fashionable clothing that's so innovative that it's worn by the Secret Service. SeVs have up to 42 hidden pockets and a patent-pending Personal Area Network (PAN). The PAN allows you to carry and use your electronic devices such as cell phones, PDA's, and MP3 players, without the mess of dangling wires. Their unique design allows you to store all of your gadgets and gear without looking like you're carrying everything but the kitchen sink. With removable sleeves, you can also wear as a vest.
Sensatex Inc : Sensatex, Inc. is a life science technology company focused on the development of Smart Textile Systems. Their first product, the Sensatex SmartShirt is a patented wearable Smart Textile unisex T-shirt designed to acquire physiological information and movement data from the human body. Originally developed and patented by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and funded by DARPA, the primary research and development arm of the Department of Defense, the SmartShirt is made using any type of fiber. It is woven or knitted incorporating a patented conductive fiber/sensor system designed specifically for the intended biometric information requirements. Heart rate, respiration, and body temperature are all calibrated and relayed in real time for analysis.
SparkFun Electronics : Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion for electronics by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects. SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components like capacitors and resistors to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 120 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado. They have a section for apparel relevant products for making fashion utilizing electronics.
Textronics Inc. Textronics,TM Inc. is a leader in the development of wearable sensors for fitness and health monitoring. The Company's textile sensor systems are capable of capturing comprehensive physiologic data from the body -- including heart rate, respiration, body temperature, skin condition and blood oxygenation -- and are designed to be seamlessly integrated into everyday garments. Textronics Inc. sells sensor components and markets its own line of clothes for personal monitoring under the brand name NuMetrex.
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