WE LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE INNOVATORS FROM THE LAST NEXT TEX EVENT AT MUNICH FABRIC START – JUST IN TIME FOR THE FREE INNOVATOR STAND COMPETITION DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER!
From startups to research teams and established companies, below you’ll find some of the Innovator exhibits that were featured in the Advanced Materials and Wearables sections of the AW18 event – along with some photos of the products/projects as displayed on their 50cm x 50cm stands:
Catch some rays with Hardware startup Luzpac’s wearable accessories that harness solar energy to charge up mobile phones or any other USB-enabled device whilst you’re out in the sunshine. This bright piece of tech caught the eye of a fellow Munich Fabric Start exhibitor and now they are working together on what is undoubtedly going to be a hot collaboration – a true Next Tex matchmaking success story!
Garment engineer Lina Wassong and computer scientist René Bohne combined their knowledge and research into a nifty Wearables book full of DIY smart clothing projects to reboot your wardrobe (for a taster try out this LED dog vest and leash!). Utilising Arduino microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi single-board computers, this publication demonstrates that you only need some basic programming knowledge to connect these to e-textiles and set up soft circuits.
Spinning silver threads into textiles since 1978, Statex’s conductive, anti-static, sterilising, radio wave-blocking precious metallic cloth is used in a wide range of applications from heated car seats to electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding screens for NASA’s Mars Rover project. As an e-textile, it is a key component in electronic fabric sensors, wearables and fashion tech.
Protect your personal belongings from pickpocketing, loss or theft with the alarm-secured Skarabeos backpack. This Austrian-German startup invention uses smart sensor and bluetooth technology that work together with a corresponding app on your phone to lock and unlock the bag, alert you immediately if someone is trying to break into it or if you accidentally leave it behind. The perfect travel companion for the digital, urban nomad.
The natural alternative to plastic, Kraftplex’s innovative sheeting is entirely made of cellulose from sustainably cultivated softwood. Manufactured using nothing but water, pressure and heat, the chemical-free material is completely biodegradable and can be used in everything from accessories to architecture. Flexible, malleable yet stable, Kraftlex can be laser cut, embossed, painted and more – get a feel for it yourself by ordering a free sample pack.
The award-winning Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) at the RWTH Aachen Technical University introduced their 4D, or time-based, textiles that evolve in response to environmental/external stimuli, such as a rise in temperature or humidity. This is achieved by 3D printing microstructures into the fabric that can physically change shape – as demonstrated by the self-folding cube in the video below. Biohybrid / Multimaterial 4D printing is set to revolutionise soft robotics, architecture, automobiles and more.
If you have a product, prototype or service that falls within the E-textiles, BioTech or Advanced Manufacturing themes for our SS19 Next Tex event, simply fill in this Google Form by Friday 10th November 2017 for your chance to win one of three free Innovator packages, worth €350.
We look forward to receiving your applications!
For more details on the Free Innovator Stand competition, Munich Fabric Start, the Keyhouse and Next Tex please refer to the previous news post, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Event Manager Christine Braun.
Title image: Next Tex Innovators presentation space, all exhibition photos by Daniel Gebhardt