Pireta Aims to Make Smart Clothes Truly Wearable

Pireta has developed a unique free-form process to add durable, conductive, metallic patterns.

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Smart clothes found in the market today have sensors sticking out of them in various places, making them cumbersome and not really “wearable.”

Pireta, a UK-based startup, has developed a unique free-form process to add durable, conductive, metallic patterns directly into textiles without changing the fabric feel or performance. Pireta’s technology allows electronic systems to be assembled and interconnected on a wide range of fabrics, enabling a new generation of truly wearable smart garments and e-textiles. The wearable electronics become more discreet, as the electrodes are integrated into the fabric.

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“Pireta’s highly innovative process attaches a thin, highly-durable metallic layer at the fibre level, resulting in excellent conductivity but with no impact on the performance of the textile. This means that electronics can be integrated into stretchable, breathable, washable smart garments that can be worn close to the body with ease and comfort, making them truly wearable,” Pireta says.

Pireta’s process attaches a thin, highly-durable metallic layer at the fiber level. This results in excellent conductivity but has no impact on the performance of the textile. Electronics can be integrated into stretchable, breathable, washable smart garments that can be worn close to the body with ease and comfort, making them – what the company calls “truly wearable,” reports Forbes.

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“Wearable technology is on the cusp of a major transformation. Wearable products are evolving from rigid devices – such as smartwatches and wrist bands – toward genuinely wearable smart garments based on electronic textiles or ‘e-textiles’,” says Pireta.

“Unlike existing methods, our technology has no impact on the handle, drape, stretch or breathability of the fabric, enabling a new generation of truly wearable smart garments and e-textiles.”

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Sam Draper
May 13, 2019

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