Heraeus Epurio and AI SILK Introduce Groundbreaking Dry-Type Conductive Smart Textiles at CES Las Vegas

LEAD SKIN

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – 09 January 2024 – Heraeus Epurio, the manufacturer of the pioneering conductive polymer Clevios™, and AI SILK®, the Japanese smart textiles innovation leader, are proud to showcase the advanced conductive smart textile LEAD SKIN® AIR at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Dubbed as dry-type conductive material, LEAD SKIN® AIR does not require gel or water for superior skin contact and is best suited for electric muscle stimulation electrodes. It boasts of excellent durability and resistance to corrosion caused by sweat or washing, making it ideal for sports and fitness apparel. Because it uses metal-free conductive polymer textile coating technology, it offers silky smoothness while being safe for sensitive skin – providing unparalleled comfort versus other smart textiles.

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Microscopic photo of conductive fibers coated with Clevios™ for homogenous high conductivity

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Antibacterial, antiviral, corrosion-proof, and durable

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Effective in dry conditions and does not require gel or water

AI SILK® developed the innovative new conductive textile LEAD SKIN® through dyeing technology. Since 2015, the company has seamlessly integrated conductive electrodes into fabrics, creating apparel that can monitor health signals, regulate temperature, and even give haptic feedback. The conductive textile coating technology offers unique flexibility and comfort, coupled with high conductivity and durability.

Clevios™, the pioneer and leader in PEDOT chemistry, is coated on the fibers and provides the material with excellent conductivity. Utilizing the technology of applying special processing to various normal textiles to make electrodes, LEAD SKIN® is developed from conductive textiles that are smooth and soft to the touch.

The featured demonstrators in the Heraeus booth at CES are:

  • All-textile based capacitive touch sensor with LEAD SKIN® integrated in an automotive interior touch pad. It can detect multi-touch, following the trend in automotive interior design to make textile or artificial leather-based surfaces smart with integrated touch sensors, e.g., for advanced human machine interfaces.
  • Automotive steering wheel sensors with LEAD SKIN® AIR that allow the driver to measure vital body data, such as electrocardiogram and heart rate.
  • All-textile based pressure sensor with LEAD SKIN®, which uses electrical impedance tomography technology and is placed on the surface of the automobile driver's seat, realizes various controls depending on the driver's sitting position.

"Heraeus Epurio is committed to advancing smart textiles using conductive polymers," said Dr Armin Sautter, Global Head of Product Portfolio Management for Display and New Technologies, Heraeus Epurio. "With Clevios™ conductive polymers, smart textiles combine style with practicality, enabling not only customer-centric applications but also addressing various industrial needs."

"We are pleased to present LEAD SKIN® AIR, a conductive textile that can be used in dry conditions, " said Mr. Hideo Okano, CEO of AI SILK. "This textile is intended to be used not only in wearable devices, but also inside automobiles."

As the premier global stage for innovation, CES is the perfect backdrop for cutting-edge, electronics-enabled fabrics designed to revolutionize wearable technology in the consumer market. The unveiling of these revolutionary conductive smart textiles at CES underscores Heraeus Epurio and AI SILK®’s commitment to innovative solutions. Visitors to CES can experience the smart textile technology first-hand at CES 2024 in the Heraeus booth. Find us at:

CES 2024 Las Vegas, 9-12 January

OE-A Joint Pavilion for Flexible and Printed Electronics

Venetian Expo, Halls A-D (near Hall A Entrance)

Booth #51216

About Heraeus

The Heraeus Group is a broadly diversified and globally leading family-owned technology company,

headquartered in Hanau, Germany. The company’s roots go back to a family pharmacy started in 1660. Today, Heraeus bundles diverse activities in the Business Platforms Metals and Recycling, Healthcare, Semiconductor and Electronics as well as Industrials. Customers benefit from innovative technologies and solutions based on broad materials expertise and technological leadership.

In the 2022 financial year, the group generated revenues of €29.1 billion (US$30.6 billion*) with

approximately 17,200 employees in 40 countries. Heraeus is one of the top 10 family-owned

companies in Germany and holds a leading position in its global markets.

(* calculated with 2022 average exchange rate, 1€ = 1.0530 US$)

Heraeus is a globally active technology group. With expertise in the fields of precious metals, materials, and technologies, the Group is dedicated to providing high-quality solutions to customers in a diverse range of industries and sectors. Heraeus stands for the combination of innovation and market-leading products and services, all supported by a tradition of excellence that stretches over 160 years.

About Heraeus Epurio

Heraeus Epurio is the technology and market leader in essential materials for capacitor, photoresist, display and new technologies. Our pioneering product PEDOT, commercially known as Clevios™, is the standard for conductive polymers with over 30 years of demonstrated success.

Our ultra-pure specialty chemicals are a critical component in the semiconductor, electronics, and aerospace industries. We are active globally, with production and innovation sites in Leverkusen, Germany and Dayton, Ohio, USA and technical service laboratories in Europe, USA, and Asia

About AI SILK®

AI SILK is a Tohoku University spinoff that develops various wearable products using their proprietary and patented technology to produce smooth conductive textile, turning them into electrodes. The company has developed wearable sensors that can measure vitals (electrocardiogram, heartbeat, etc.) and touch sensor that can be used in car cockpit. The Japan's top fitness provider released new gen electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) apparel products in 2020, using AI SILK‘s mass production technology for coating conductive polymers.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Vanessa Remoquillo

Senior Global Marketing Manager, Heraeus Epurio GmbH

vanessa.remoquilo@heraeus.com

 www.heraeus-epurio.com

Yuji Hara

Managing Director and COO, AI SILK

 https://www.ai-silk.com/contact/

 https://www.ai-silk.com/english/