Stretchable Circuits: Seamless integration of electronics into your garment
We develop stretchable electronic circuits that can be integrated in existing attire or custom garments.
High Tech Wearable Electronics:
Make simple electronics designs up to complex systems with smartphone like capabilities
Our 2016 MNB 2.0 prototype has a processor, Bluetooth, compass and GPS, runs on LINUX and the total garment still weights under 200 gram.
The electronics are small and behave like textiles
The stretchable wiring has a thickness of only 200 μ. Thickness and size of the PCB boards starts from 1mm (excluding components) and are designed in a way it can follow the body’s movement and shape.
Robust electronic circuits
Our electronic circuits are designed to withstand military conditions. The combination of the rigid and stretchable electronic circuits are protected against stress and water.
Waterproof: Washable and durable
The total garment can be washed, without taking components out. All components have a waterproof coating to protect them from dust and moisture.
The electronic circuit is stretchable up to 5%, total garment up to 20% or more depending on the fabric and design
The integrated circuits have been tested to widstand stretch up to 5%. Smart use of stretchable fabric in other parts of the garment enables higher stretch rates from 20% or more creating a comfortable fit.
The size of the stretchable circuit can vary from a small area up to covering a full garment
The maximum dimensions of a single circuit is 420 by 570mm. We developed a assembly method with which we can create assembled circuits that even cover a full garment or body.
Our stretchable circuits can be integrated into several types of fabric
The circuits can be laminated onto different kinds of fabric (knits or woven) that can widthstand the heat activated integration process and with a maximum stretch of 20% to protect the electronic circuits.
The technique is ready to be applied by machinery, for large scale production.
Tactile information: Use the sense of touch for system interactions
Tactile information is proven to be a very intuitive communication channel to users. The communication is discrete, silent and very personal. Only the person who is wearing the device will notice the feedback.
The Tactile sensory channel has many opportunities
Eyes, ears and hands free
Discrete and personal – no sound of light
Improved situational awareness
Decreased cognitive load
We have several demonstrator applications available for you to experience how touch can be used to transmit information:
Our waypoint navigation system guides users using gentle vibrations in their shirt. This system is intuitive and discrete, and allows the user to pay full attention to the environment. A waypoint navigation route consists of one or more waypoints. The GPS enables the user to navigate to the nearest waypoint, then to the next one until the final destination is reached.
- Direction and distance of waypoint displayed through vibrations
- Keep eyes and ears free, increase situational awareness
- Easy coordination of an action, less individual preparations
- Navigate in action, without map or display
- Follow beacons unnoticed
“Continuous and intuitive guidance”
Our turn-by-turn navigation system guides drivers by gentle vibrations in their shirt or seat. The intuitive vibration patterns indicate not only left and right, but give pre-warnings, signal roundabouts and junctions. This keeps a driver’s eyes on the road.
This product is developed and commercialized by Sentaz a joint venture (in formation) between Elitac and Teijin Aramid. Sentaz
- Distinct vibration patterns for all common navigation cues
- Keep eyes and ears free for the primary task of driving
- Can be used as stand-alone app on a smartphone
- Can be connected to several existing navigation systems
- Reduces the risk of navigation mistakes
“Keep a driver’s eyes on the road”
Using the communication button or app, short simple signals can be sent discretely without being seen or heard. The receiver will feel the pattern and the direction of the sender. Communication remains possible even in conditions with low visibility when emission of light or sound is undesired.
- Send messages that cannot be seen or heard
- Integrated in clothing: equipment not visible
- Exact timing of group action
- Discrete initiation of retreat
- Easy signals and predefined commands
“Crisp and clear communication”
TacOS Operating System
The power of a smartphone in a shirt, with our in-house developed operating system.
Our modular embedded operating system
Our wearables are a modular platform of hardware and embedded firmware (operating system) that integrates easily into existing (external) systems and user interfaces.
We developed our own modular operating system (TacOs) that is built as an application framework onto FreeRTOS. TacOS handles basic functionalities such as battery management, ON/OFF control and vibration motor control. For different use cases, specific applications can be built that uses vibration motors and (external) sensor input. We have a navigation and communication application available as demonstrators.
Connect our hardware to your system or User Interface
Our hardware can be connected to your system using USB or Bluetooth Low Energy.
To connect the hardware with a host system (Android or PC), we developed Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in JAVA . For Android we have an API library available, for PC an API over UDP. Both systems are provided with examples, that allows you to easily control the hardware.
Rapid Prototyping with our Agile Team
Our wearable lab has several facilities available to rapidly work towards innovative wearable ideas.
What we make in our lab
Our wearable lab allows you to verify and test your wearable ideas in just weeks, we have several building blocks of hardware and firmware available to quickly make prototypes.
The multi-disciplinary team of experts on electronics hardware, firmware, design, human factors, industrial design, textiles, production and business development, create a one-stop-shop for wearable innovation.
From Ideation to Realisation: How we develop products together
Elitac enables wearable innovation to system integrators and existing businesses. This allows you to build upon our Tactile Platform and existing stretchable electronic technologies.
Our Joint Development Process
Joint Development Process
Step 1: Define product pitch
Together we formulate the product pitch. What are the user needs and where can we add value? Product functionalities will be defined on a high level
Step 2: Quick-and-dirty prototyping (optional)
Elitac enables a jump-start of your project. Our demo electronics allow you to experience the product idea early in the process by creating an interactive video demo or by connecting to your software using our API. Furthermore we’ll provide you with visualizations to approve the look and feel of the product idea.Read more about our demo electronics.
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Step 3: Development planning
After getting hands-on experience with the demonstrator, we will work together to define product requirements, development process, iterations and timeline.
Step 4: Prototypes (e.g. for field testing)
The next step is working towards a set of prototypes (1-50pcs) that can be used for field testing. Customers can experience the new product in an early stage and feedback can be used for further development. The development process is agile and roughly through the following phases:Design and testing of electronic subsystems with accompanying specific firmware to validate functionality.
- Design of form factor (wearable, sizing, connections)
- Integrating (electronic) sub-systems by either using wired or laminated connections.
- Assemble first set for testing and troubleshoot.
- Assemble first batch (1-50 pcs) and deliver for field testing with end-users.
Step 5: Final business case
Elitac provides input on the business plan from manufacturing and cost price perspective.
Step 6: Set up production
During development, we design with mass-production in mind. In this phase we will implement input from the field-tests and business case and start production process together with our production partners.
Do you want to work with us on your new product ideas?
Send us an email with your ideas! info [ at ] elitac.nl