The Elitac Wearables Lab

Our 180m² in-house R&D and production facility

 

What is the Wearables Lab?

The Wearables Lab is our state-of-the-art experience centre, R&D and production facility. Here, we translate research results into user-validated and function-driven wearables, together with partners from the medical, safety and sports industries.

  • In-house wearables development from idea to market-ready product and any stage in-between.
  • Electronics and textile integration techniques are tailored to project requirements; We are experienced with the majority of techniques.
  • Quick turn-around from idea to working prototype.
  • Possibility of frequent design adjustments and (user) testing.
  • Streamlined, cost-efficient development process, with reduced uncertainty and risk.

Why innovate through the Elitac Wearables Lab?

1

Cutting edge of textile wearables development

With our experience and continuous research we can help you develop and select the best integration techniques for your project.
2

One stop shop

We have all the required disciplines and facilities in-house to help you develop wearables from idea all to the way to market-ready product and any stage in-between.
3

Reduced risk

By utilising the proven Elitac Wearables building blocks we can validate concept and business case early on in the development process. Depending on your design, we can build prototypes in just 2 weeks.
4

Reduced time to market

Our lean development process and well-equipped Wearables Lab allows us to move quickly through the development steps. And once the final design is confirmed, we have production partners ready to start scaled production.
5

Fit for purpose

Continuous testing and (user) validation means that our wearables are fit for purpose, robust and commercially viable.
6

Link between electronics and textile production

We facilitate the crossover between these two worlds with vastly different production processes.

State-of-the-art equipment

At the Wearables Lab, our multi-disciplinary team have all the tools required for designing and building wearables in-house:

  •  3D printers
  • (Lockstitch) sewing machines
  • EMC area with soldering tools, oscilloscope, multimeters
  • Laser cutter
  • Overmoulding equipment
  • Washing machines
  • Cutting plotter
  • Heat press
  • and more…

Prototyping

The state-of-the-art equipment in the Wearables Lab allows us to streamline the development process:

  • Build prototypes in 2 weeks by employing smart development techniques. For example, by designing & printing our own custom moulds, we cut out expensive 3rd party mould suppliers. As a consequence, we can test and validate designs quickly and cost-efficiently.
  • Elitac Wearables building blocks: We have a wide range of proven hardware, software, designs and techniques available to speed up the development process for our partners.
  • We have all the tools and people available for in-house PCB assembly, electronics integration, pattern making and garment construction.

Testing

Our focus is on developing wearables that are fit for purpose, durable and practical. That’s why we devote significant time and resources to testing and validation. At the Wearables Lab:

  • We have a wide range of hardware and applications to test electronic circuits, software, robustness, washability, etc.
  • We save time by designing and 3D printing our own custom test tools for electronics and hardware.
  • We conduct a variety of tests to ensure our wearables meet clients’ and users’ expectations: from controlled functional tests in the lab to uncontrolled field tests, stress tests and endurance tests.

Research

We conduct our own research and collaborate with renowned research institutes like TNO, University of Twente, University of Cergy-Pontoise, etc. Our focus on research allows us to:

  • Develop new electronics and textile integration techniques for future wearables, for example the Weafing project.
  • Optimise lab-proven integration techniques for real-world applications, for example the Cycling Shirt.
  • Explore and validate new applications for existing technologies and/or wearables, for example the Gaitkeeper project.
  • Push the limitations of current techniques and make them more widely applicable.

Scalability

In all our designs, we strive to work with scalable production techniques:

  • Our Wearables Lab has all the facilities required for first series production: up to 50 market-ready products.
  • For larger series we have a network of reliable production partners available.
  • We have experience with product certification, technical documentation and packaging design.

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