We are pleased to announce the appointment of Klaus Østergaard as CEO to lead Ohmatex in a new phase of commercial development. As pioneers in smart textile development Ohmatex have attracted investment from the Danish Growth Fund (Vækstfonden) and from private investors in 2014. This will enable us to increase our production capabilities and commercialise R&D investments.
Klaus Østergaard was formerly Executive Regional Director for Vestergaard Frandsen Group, which specializes in disease control textiles. He brings to Ohmatex extensive experience of managing complex international commercial projects, developing manufacturing and production capabilities and new intelligent technology development. In addition he has managed a large sales force and teams which have included technical, logistics and brand managers.
There has been seen significant growth in textile integrated wearables in 2014 and Ohmatex is being approached by an increasing number of companies in the US, Europe and Asia, who wish to utilize our expertise and skills for sports, medical, fashion and protective clothing applications. It is the ideal time for us to grow our own capacity to meet these demands.
Christian Dalsgaard, in the role of Chief Technical Officer (CTO), will focus on leading technical development, continuing to keep Ohmatex at the forefront of new innovations in smart textiles with our highly motivated and experienced team of electronic and textile engineers and designers.
“I am very enthusiastic about my appointment to Ohmatex”, says Klaus. “Being measured on commercial goals and impacting people’s lives is a fantastic motivator and great inspiration to do the exceptional every day. I look forward to the further growth and success we will be able to achieve
Ohmatex is partnering with Danfoss PolyPower A/S to supply PolyPower stretch sensors for wearable applications. The sensors combine PolyPower stretch sensing technology with an Ohmatex textile cabling and connector. It is a high quality advanced development in stretch sensing technology and one of the most unobtrusive and conformable capacitive sensors currently on the market.
The combination of the stretch sensor with Ohmatex textile cabling enhances the comfort and ease with which it can be integrated into textile garments and wearable medical devices.
Textile integration of stretch sensors
Ohmatex are currently using PolyPower stretch sensors in the development of a sensor platform for health and fitness applications, part of the FP7 MyWear project. Ohmatex has successfully integrated the stretch sensors into a shirt for monitoring respiration rate to enable self-monitoring for people with chronic lung disease.
“We have worked with the PolyPower stretch sensor to come up with the best way of attaching and encapsulating it in a smart textile garment. Encapsulating the sensor within the textile has several purposes: it protects the sensor to ensure a robust smart textile garment, enhances the comfort and design of the garment and increases washability”, says Henrik Søgarrd, MyWear Project manager for Ohmatex.
The result of this development is a garment which transmits highly accurate data to mobile and web platforms, together with reliable, washable and robust textile integration.
“We are very satisfied with the textile integration we have been able to achieve using PolyPower stretch sensors”, says Henrik . “We look forward to work together with other developers of textile integrated wearables to enable them to incorporate the stretch sensors in their own prototypes and commercial developments”.
Polypower stretch sensor sample kits are now available for purchase from our webshop.
We are pleased to launch our first fully washable connector, designed specfically to provide connectivity for smart textile products currently in development. The connector can be attached to a textile or thin conductive material.
As the industry has worked to overcome challenges with washability this is a welcome new product for smart textiles, particularly for the increasing number of consumer products now in commercial development. It also compliments Ohmatex’s range of washable textile ribbons. We look forward to supplying the connector and enhancing the washability and robustness of connection in smart garments for sports, fashion, medical and military application.
“The smart textile industry has been waiting for a solution like this”, said Ben Moir of Wearable Experiments, who are currently developing an “Alert Shirt” for gaming.
The connector consists of a male and female part (both fully washable) which snap easily together to provide a strong electrical connection. The connector has no mechanical moving parts and can be fixed to a thin fabric or conductive material with minimal physical stress. It has built in strain relief and varying transition zones between the flexible substrates.
The connector is now design protected and available for purchase from our webshop.
Ohmatex is currently seeking a new CEO with commercial responsibility, following a recent expansion of shareholders. This is a very positive development for Ohmatex, allowing for growth and future expansion. A new CEO will fully exploit our R&D investments, while founder, Christian Dalsgaard, continues to keep Ohmatex at the forefront of new innovations in smart textiles as CTO.
Ohmatex’s Edema stocking, developed to monitor edema in heart failure patients, has been chosen to receive one of FabricLink’s Top 10 Innovation Awards.
Each year, FabricLink Network showcases new textile products and technologies that are recognized as outstanding new developments that have been officially launched over the past year, and are now commercially available.
The other Top 10 winners include new apparel fibers, innovative insulation solutions for apparel and building construction, medical innovations, a building stabilization product, a textile polymer development for attach-and-release, and an optic sensing technology for geo-structures.
The Edema stocking was developed with Professor Michael Hasenkam of Aarhus University, for patients with congestive heart failure where edema can be one of the first symptoms experienced. The stocking allows for daily monitoring, and as a telecare device has the potential to reduce out-patient visits and hospital admissions.
FabricLink is based in California and promotes textile innovation to both consumers and the textile industry.
As 2014 has been declared the Year of Wearable Technology, we are pleased to release our latest, updated white paper highlighting the position of smart textile development within the wearable tech industry .
There are many new smart textile developments coming to market this year and strong growth is predicted in each of the following smart textile market sectors: military and protective clothing, physiological monitoring for medical and sports applications, and lighted textiles.
We have had very positive responses to our previous white papers (2008, 2011) and we hope that this latest paper will also prove to be an informative and positive resource for the smart textile industry.