Myant Inc., industry leaders in textile computing, and Heraeus Medical Components, experts in biomaterials and components for medical devices, manufacturing technologies, and supply chain excellence, have entered into an exclusive partnership to develop, test, prototype and produce a solution leveraging Heraeus’ Tecticoat coating for electrical sensing applications in textiles. Tecticoat is a conductive polymer-based coating that can be applied to textiles to control electrical conductivity, electromagnetic shielding and electrostatic dissipation, making it an ideal material for integration into connected, on-skin textile applications.
The performance of electrodes that interface with the human body via the skin is governed by the electrical behavior of the materials forming the interface. Traditional electrode designs using electrolytic gels or other adhesives are cumbersome and poorly-suited for broad consumer applications, while dry electrodes tend to vary in performance under different humidity levels and generally suffer due to electrical noise. Heraeus has managed to overcome these challenges using Tecticoat, a flexible, robust, medically formulated, polymer-based coating that can be applied onto yarns like the ones developed by Myant for its bioelectrical on-skin sensing (e.g. ECG, EEG, EMG) textile applications. The integration of Tecticoat into Myant’s textile-based biosensing and stimulation solutions is positioned to strengthen the company’s leadership in the textile computing industry.
“The quality of data collected from the human body is highly dependent on the quality of the interface between the electrode and the skin,” said Tony Chahine, founder and CEO of Myant. “This partnership with Heraeus to develop a solution using Tecticoat takes us another step closer to building a better bidirectional connection to the human body via textiles.”
“We are excited to enter into this partnership with Myant to develop solutions using Tecticoat,” said Heiko Specht, Executive Vice President of Stimulation and Sensing Solutions and Global Innovation at Heraeus. “This partnership reflects our reputation and history as a leader in materials for advanced technological applications and we look forward to leveraging Myant’s experience in technology integration and yarn-based textile production to further explore Tecticoat’s use in wearables.”
For more information about Heraeus and Tecticoat, please visit http://www.heraeusmedicalcomponents.com.