Wearable technology firm DuPont Advanced Materials has launched an exclusive smart garment for FC Barcelona that can take accurate ECG and respiratory rate measurements.

The company’s Intexar technology has been incorporated into the shirt made in partnership with Twinery, the innovation arm of South Asian apparel manufacturer MAS, and Real Track Systems, a leader in outdoor and indoor performance monitoring and analysis.

Intexar is an innovative electronic ink and film that seamlessly transforms fabric into smart clothing for multiple applications. The garments can even be washed.

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DuPont says the technology is designed to offer ease of design and integration, embedded directly onto fabric using standard apparel manufacturing processes.

“At DuPont we spend a lot of energy bringing innovative materials to market. Intexar is a great example of this, taking advantage of stretchable electronics to deliver seamless comfortable smart clothing,” said Gordon Tseng, regional marketing leader, Asia Pacific, DuPont Advanced Materials.

“What we are really excited about in this new industry is how DuPont connects with partners down the value chain to create a vision, build commitment and deliver innovation to the end consumer.

“With DuPont’s broad background in circuitry design, processing know-how, engineering mechanics, system integration and textile innovation, we know how to work together to deliver industry ready solutions.”

The garment consists of:

  • Cover Film – a protective layer shields technology from exposure
  • Encapsulant – a thin, stretchable, and water-resistant layer
  • Sensor – a thin layer of carbon or silver senses electrical signal
  • Conductor – a layer of silver transmits electrical currents throughout
  • Base Film – a stretchy Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) bonds seamlessly with any chosen fabric