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Karl Mayer presents Smart Shirt at IDTechEx Show

Nov '19
Pic: Karl Mayer
Pic: Karl Mayer
As an expert partner for manufacturing of e-textiles, Karl Mayer exhibited at IDTechEx Show! 2019 and gave a presentation on its field of expertise. At the latest edition of IDTechEx which was held on November 20-21 in Santa Clara, US, the manufacturer of textile machines turned up with a smart shirt for measuring vital bodily functions in its suitcase.

The sensor monitoring technology for the item of clothing in the smart shirt is incorporated directly into the made-to-measure textile during production. The warp knitting machine’s string bar technology allow the manufacturer to adapt the expansion, shape and position of the sensitive areas to suit the requirements of the application at hand. As such, the textile-circuit technology offers unrivalled efficiency.

Michael Kieren, product developer for textile technology, Sophia Krinner, and Tony Hooimeijer, president of Karl Mayer North America, enjoyed a thrilling discussion on the innovation, and were delighted to answer questions on the projects that can be jointly developed in the Maker Space at Karl Mayer’s headquarters.

Those who came to talk about textile-circuit included both big textile companies and customers from the knitwear sector, many of whom were looking to add another string to their bow by setting up an e-textiles segment. “We’ve thrown our hat in the ring and will keep working hard to evolve our textile-circuit developments even further,” said Krinner. “We can’t wait to see what Karl Mayer comes up with for IDTechEx Show! 2020 – or even before!”

At IDTechEx Show! 2018, Karl Mayer had presented a textile remote control under the name textile-circuit.

“The upgrades we’ve made to our 2018 solution allowed us to establish ourselves as a trend-setter when it comes to the direct integration of wires into textiles. This technology just keeps unlocking more and more potential, and there’s a lot of interest in it for practical applications,” said Kieren. Kieren went on to explain that this was a particular important moment to ensure that the company has a presence in the sector, as the textiles industry is providing stiff competition with procedures such as printed electronics.

The IDTechEx Show! 2019 attracted around 3,500 visitors from 60 different countries. Over 270 exhibitors and star speakers from industrial and research backgrounds competed for the guests’ attention on the programme, which included around 270 speeches. The presentations covered all the latest content and issues: energy storage, printed electronics, sensors, the Internet of Things, electro-mobility and wearables.

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