Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibres and products converting company, announced that it has launched a new line of sportswear and other clothing incorporating “wearable solutions”. Samples of the new line-up will be exhibited at the 5th Wearable Expo, a leading trade fair for wearable devices and related technology, which will take place at Tokyo Big Site from January 16 to 18. Teijin Frontier’s stand (W14-8, West Hall) will showcase motion-sensing and vital-sign sensing products.
In the sporting field there is increasing focus on the PDCA (“Plan-Do-Check-Action”) cycle, and there is accordingly a growing need for the visualization of actual motion, heart rate and activity levels to ensure safe and effective performance. With Japan’s declining birthrate and ageing population, the transfer of technology skills to younger workers and ensuring safety in the workplace is becoming one of society’s challenges. Both areas stand to benefit from high functional fibre incorporating wearable technology.
Teijin Frontier has accordingly developed new products integrating highly functional fibres and sensing techniques. Test sales will start with two types of new product, which will leverage continuing advances in IoT technology to provide new solutions to evolving social needs.
The new products comprise the following:
Coaching wear: The anti-slip NANOFRONT ultrafine fibre wear deploys an algorithm which visualizes the difference between the actual motion of the wearer and their ideal mtion at a particular time. It is expected this technology will be applied in various scenarios, including the improvement of sports techniques, the transfer of technology know-how and more effective support for those undergoing physical rehabilitation.
Vital sensing wear: This clothing facilitates sustainable and highly accurate sensing of the heart’s electrical activity, heart rates and activity levels, minimizing the noise generated by contact of the body with sportswear during exercise. It combines the ultrafine fiber NANOFRONT with vital-sign sensing technology, and by simultaneously sensing heart rates and activity levels it can be used in various scenarios including sports team management and the prediction of heatstroke risk.
NANOFRONT’s high level of grip prevents vibration and displacement of sensors, allowing highly accurate measurement. In the future, Teijin Frontier plans to deploy comfortable and functional materials such as the outdoor sports textile DELTAPEAK and the stretchable and soft textile SOLOTEX.
Teijin Frontier is targeting annual sales of $03 bn in sports training, workplace applications and other fields by the fiscal year ending March 2021.