Softmatter announces new technology platforms to transform the future of wearable technology through textile integration at CES

San Francisco–() –Soft materialToday, a fee-to-shelf technology company operating at the intersection of soft goods and wearables, announced its configurable suite of new technologies to accelerate wearable adoption and efficiencies. The technologies improve the wearability and user experience of devices by changing their configuration through the incorporation of textile technology.

To meet needs in the Consumer Technology and Consumer Health industries, the Softmatter Solutions Group looks to facilitate access and scale by connecting creators with consumers. Some of the tech solutions on display at CES 2023 include:

  • Re-engineered AR and VR headsets
  • Premium wristable materials
  • Softmatter’s Sensor built-in products

“We are on a journey to enable positive change, driving progress through smart engineering solutions and wearable technology to elevate and empower the human experience,” said Softmatter CEO, Ulysses Wong.

Re-engineered AR and VR headsets

The first generation of AR/VR headsets were developed in solid shapes and carried a bulky design. Softmatter saw the need for improvements affecting comfort, wear duration, softer stretchable materials, and a design that allowed for modular, lightweight, distributed computing, separation strength, and handling from optics.

  • Enable high-speed data transfer to build an easy-to-use headset: By developing a fabric cable in a soft-to-convert design form factor, Softmatter can accurately transmit high-speed data without losing fidelity, even when stretched. Developed on more than 16 separate form factors using texture, TPU, conductive ink, etc.
  • Integrated Technologies – Touch and Sensors: The electrocardiogram (ECG), or electromyography (EMG) can be customized taking into account the optimal placement of electrodes for different categories of users, while the integrated haptic system enables haptic feedback and notification mechanisms in a virtual reality or gaming environment in response to different stimuli in VR .
  • Power Reserves – Flexible Battery Integration: Flexible battery cells are being used to advance on-body computing and remove roadblocks with bulky, power-heavy devices. The Softmatter solution is a lightweight, flexible, washable, semi-rigid electrolyte structure that acts as a supplemental power reserve to the battery on the device, allowing for longer and smoother device use.

Premium wristable materials

Softmatter has extensive materials and construction expertise to achieve standards across aesthetics, comfort, formulation, flexibility and fit. This expertise with wearable devices allows Softmatter to integrate smart features in the form of sensors and touch devices, flexible battery power reserve, lighting/notification, dry electrodes, etc., allowing for better functionality and miniaturization.

  • Ergonomics and Ease of Use – Engineered Woven Rubber and Narrow Width Rubber: Ergonomically designed wrist straps with advanced textiles, such as flat knit and woven stretch, allow the creation of completely new comfortable structures next to the skin without impeding function and long-term use. Flat knitting enables lightweight, breathable complex structures with defined heterogeneous textures and complex geometries. Other improvements include exceptions to buckles and clasps, resulting in a lighter, breathable, waste-free wrist strap that offers a more refined second-skin feel.

integrated sensor products

Softmatter captures health and motion-related information by integrating textile-based and electronic sensors into clothing – an unrestricted and flexible way to collect data for motion and bioanalyze for fitness and posture. Sensor-embedded Softmatter products can measure metrics ranging from electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram (EEG), electromyography (EMG), motion, temperature, and pressure, which can be combined into a variety of modal parameters.

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): An EKG sensor built into the garment measures heart rate, breathing, and exercise effort during high-intensity fitness exercises.
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): EEG sensors (temporal, mastoid, etc.) can be integrated into many head-worn form factors for applications such as sleep, neuroscience, stress management, and consumer technology. Softmatter’s ecosystem of partners can customize EEG sensors to work alongside skin or through hair.
  • Electromyography (EMG): EMG sensors are integrated into the garment form factor in a non-intrusive way to track muscle activity and balance from afar in real time. EMG (and emotion) sensors can be used as a gesture tracking mechanism.

More information about Softmatter and its technologies can be found here here.

About Softmatter

Softmatter, part of MAS Holdings, is a textile technology company that seeks to interweave the elements, embodying human expertise and technology. Driven by this vision, the company is crafting complete skin-friendly solutions that will transform the way we live. As the expert in intelligent soft goods, we aim to turn every fabric you interact with and everything you wear, into a seamless source of integrated data and technology. Softmatter’s proprietary product development process, comprehensive patent portfolio and vision to create microtextile integrations at scale have the potential to revolutionize the future of wearables.

About MAS Holdings

MAS Holdings, South Asia’s largest apparel and apparel technology company, is among the most recognized providers of design-to-delivery solutions to the apparel and textile industry. Home to a community of more than 118,000 people, today, MAS spans manufacturing plants in 17 countries, with well-established design sites in major design centers around the world. To meet the dynamic and ever-changing industry demands, MAS portfolio has expanded significantly; in Wearable Technology, FemTech, Startups, Logistics, and Fabric Parks all over the world.

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