Biometrics and Clothing+ Powered by Jabil
Finland-based Clothing+ has pioneered the development and manufacturing of wearable textiles integrated with biometrics sensors. In 1998, the company introduced the world’s first heart rate sensor shirt, followed by the first mass-produced textile heart rate sensor strapin 2002. Clothing+ produces millions of sensor products each year for major fitness and healthcare brands, including Adidas, Garmin, Salomon and Philips.
Biosensors woven into the fabric that is fashioned into practical clothing collects health data and transmits it to your smartphone making health monitoring less burdensome and practical for frequent use. One no longer needs to make specific doctor appointments to collect and retrieve such data.
In June 2015, Jabil (JBL), an industry-leading manufacturer of diverse electronics products acquired Clothing+. Jabil’s global manufacturing, supply chain and distribution capabilities along with its automation and advanced materials has strengthened the Clothing+ brand, lower costs and improve brand identity.
Jabil will open a new 75,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in China in the 1st quarter of 2016 as well as a new 10,000 square-foot R&D center at Jabil’s headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Clothing+ Powered by Jabil intends to accelerate the growth of the smart textile market, and improve the daily quality of life and health of today’s consumers and build stronger relationships with their customers.
According to Gartner, the smart garment product category has the greatest potential for growth. Smart garments are forecast to grow to 26 million units in 2016.
Clothing+ Powered by Jabil has partnered with, Suunto and Firsbeat, to introduce the first E-Textile design, called Peak+, that provides major brands with a turnkey smart garment solutions. Together, these innovators from Florida to Finland are lowering the many barriers encountered when integrating textiles, sensors, transmitters, apps and analytics into a smart garment.
The goal of this partnership is to speed up market deployment and smart garment adoption. Peak+ blends textile-integrated electronics from Clothing+, transmitter and apps from Suunto and analytics from Firstbeat will provide the first total solution for smart garment design and development.
With the Peak+ reference design, brands can create comfortable, durable heart rate sensor straps, sports bras and other smart garments in less time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional design and development methods.
Suunto supplies the wireless transmitter that transfers smart garment sensor data to a smartphone (using either Sportstracker or customized apps) for easy access to HRM data. With its unique sensing technology, Suunto can develop highly advanced, comfortable heart-rate monitors and other sensing equipment. Suunto wireless transmitters transfer accurate data collected from garment sensors to a standard or customized app for Android, Windows and iOS smartphones (via HealthKit for iPhone)
Finland-based Firstbeat provides rich analytics from the HRM data gathered by Suunto to offer deep insight and actionable feedback on stress, recovery and effects of physical training. Firstbeat is the leading provider of physiological analytics for sports, fitness and wellbeing, and their insights are used by hundreds of elite sports teams, thousands of corporations and millions of consumers worldwide.
With advanced modeling of heart function and heart rate variability (HRV) as well as research-based, patented analytics, Firstbeat delivers a crucial piece of the Clothing+ design. Together, these vital elements form an end-to- end solution that will help major brands lower development barriers to speed entry into the high-growth wearables market.
We’re looking forward to visiting with Clothing+ Powered by Jabil at The Internet of Things, WearableUSA Technology Show this week.