DuPont has unveiled a new range of Intexar stretchable electronic inks and films for smart clothing. The company says the technology transforms regular fabrics into active, connected, intelligent garments to deliver biometric data such as heart and breathing rates, form awareness and muscle tension.
DuPont says Intexar can be embedded directly into fabrics using standard apparel manufacturing processes to create thin, form-fitting circuits, while garments incorporating Intexar can last for more than 100 washes.
Garmin International recently allied with K4Connect to integrate wearable devices as part of the K4Community ‘connected-life’ platform supporting older adults and individuals living with disabilities. Garmin devices will enable wearers to live more active and social lifestyles, while providing staff at senior-living communities with data.
“Connected wellness devices provide a huge opportunity for older adults to live a healthier life,” says Scott Moody, CEO of K4Connect. “Residents walking together and comparing daily step counts helps foster socialisation, and recent data shows that isolation in seniors increases the risk of heart disease by 29%.”