Safety Wearables: Armor For the ‘Industrial Athlete’

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The Crated, Strong Arm Technologies, and Bon Bouton by Flextra Power have come together to create a safety wearable using printed wires and components invented by Flextra Power and The Crated. From fashion to construction workers, this everyday armor for “industrial athletes” could prove to be as mainstream as safety vests have become.

The Armor Vest responds to worker heat, stress levels and posture using printed circuitry on fabric. Three NYCEDC Futureworks companies come together to prototype Armor, a flexible safety circuit that can be integrated into any garment from a construction vest, to a back support harness. Using Bon Bouton by Flextra Power’s printed graphene temperature sensor and Strong Arm Technology’s deep understanding of industrial athlete safety, The Crated designed and fabricated Armor using their own textile circuitry technology, Intelitex.

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ARMOR was recently premiered at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam on the Disruptive Machines stage where Brooklyn Fashion+Design Accelerator based The Crated founder Madison Maxey gave a presentation explaining the development of Armor with a focus on smart textiles and apparel.

“Textiles make up a large portion of our world. We wear them, sleep under them, sit on them, carry items in them and use them in industry. For such a ubiquitous material, our textiles are surprisingly dumb, yet our plastic devices are so smart. What does a future full of smart textiles look like? How can we step beyond fashion tech into smart space suits, construction vests, connected cities and heated jackets for all?”

Sean (Strong Arm), Linh(Bon Bouton) and Maddy (The Crated) identified an issue around worker fatigue and strain. Sean emphasized that industrial athletes aren’t just construction workers, but also nurses and garment workers, prompting The Crated to design a circuit that can work in anything from a construction vest to a set of scrubs to a fashion piece.
The Circuit was printed onto fabric using custom formulas and machinery built by The Crated. After the creation of a fully functional circuit, it could be housed in any exterior.

According to a press release from The Crated, for SMART APPAREL and textiles to become sleeker, softer and more useful, companies need to work together to identify opportunities to empower our lazy garments and design widely applicable and scalable solutions. Armor is a sign of what can happen when companies work together in the space.