The Future
of E-Textiles

E-textiles are clothes which integrate electronics to become interactive and functional. E-shirts can monitor our heart, muscle activity, breathing and body temperature while being active. In the coming years, e-jackets will save workers from electric shocks and other risk factors; stimulation suits will help partially paralyzed people walk again; soldiers’ jackets will be equipped with biosensors to anticipate threats.

E-textiles will help us to be remotely monitored by our doctors in order to address critical diseases on time or to optimize our recovery after sickness. E-textiles will actively keep us warm, provide cooling, telecommunication, muscle support and much more.

The future will see the democratization and standardization of e-textiles as they will bring tremendous benefits in the daily life as well as in Sports, Workwear, Medical, Military and Automotive applications.

However, despite the trend toward smart textiles, the textile and electronics industries did not merge successfully yet. E-textiles are not yet practical, comfortable or long lasting. This is because they mostly rely on rigid wires and bulk metals, which are not elastic and corrode when exposed to washing. In fact, the lack of a suitable technology to form electrical circuits on textiles is the main hurdle for a large-scale adoption and industrialization of e-textiles.​ At Nanoleq, our vision is to change the status quo and enable the mass market of e-textiles.

The Future
of E-Textiles

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At the origins…

At the origins…

Our products are supported by 5 years of previous research at ETH Zürich. Before Nanoleq, our engineers were developing best-in-class stretchable electronics to help paralyzed people regain motor functions.
 
In this context, a set of stretchable materials with optimized electrical conductivity and softness were developed for use in implants or direct skin contact. Stretchable electrical stimulation devices as well as soft biopotential recording electrodes with medical-grade signal quality, were successfully used in clinical applications. At Nanoleq, we are now bringing these unique materials and devices to the field of
e-textiles.

Production

Because we are engineers at heart, we like to design, produce and test our products ourselves. We make sure to offer exceptionally high product quality, as we believe this is key to keep our customers happy.

Our fabrication equipment spans from compounding, extrusion, screen-printing to textile lamination and testing equipment. With our prototyping and production capabilities, we are flexible and ready to support bold and challenging requests from our e-textile customers.

Production