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New jacket features embedded electronic moisture management

Osmotex, a Swiss-Norwegian research and development company, is showcasing the jacket at ISPO Munich this week.

30th January 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Munich

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

Osmotex, a Swiss-Norwegian research and development company, is showcasing a jacket with embedded electronic moisture management that allows you to sweat without feeling wet, featuring the company’s proprietary Hydro_Bot technology, at ISPO Munich this week.

The company, founded in 2008 by a group of Norwegian and Swiss investors and banks, has announced the technology for electronically controlled moisture transport in membranes and textiles last year. After a period of testing with remarkable results, Osmotex says it will be commercially available in sportswear in the course of 2018 and launched as Hydro_Bot.

“I have tested prototype jackets under demanding conditions in the Norwegian mountains, and the effect was much greater than I dared to dream of. I did sweat without feeling wet,” commented Joacim Holter, Managing Director and Executive Chairman.

Osmotex launched the technology with a group of partners last year. KJUS has been the primary product development partner and confirmed then that it will be the first brand to take Hydro_Bot to market in selected skiwear products planned for the 2018/19 season.

Since the technology launch Schoeller has signed a production agreement with Osmotex. The Swiss textile manufacturer will market Hydro_Bot to its own clients, and Schoeller is showcasing Hydro_Bot at ISPO. “We are very pleased with the progress towards commercialization and this revolutionary technology will play a crucial role in our vision to stay at the forefront of the global textile industry,” said Schoeller CEO, Sigried Siegfried Winkelbeiner.

Senior scientist Stephanie Say-Liang-Fat from Osmotex with the Hydro_Bot prototype jacket being showcased at ISPO in Munich this week. © Osmotex

At ISPO, Osmotex confirmed a new strategic partner for electronics. Applycon, a Czech-based developer and producer of electronics for clothing, will be the preferred supplier for all integrated electronics. “Applycon’s more than 13 years of experience in wearable solutions and textile integration will be a strong contribution for how to bring a unique technology together with other products towards end-users. We have already delivered the first electronic units that work with the specially developed Hydro_Bot application,” said Milan Baxa, Managing Director of Applycon.

Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, has played a key role in conducting cutting-edge materials and technology research as well as clothing physiology analysis of the Hydro_Bot system incorporated in jackets, which confirmed the efficacy of the technology. In all tests the jackets performed better than existing state-of-the-art jackets, and when the electronics were switched on the difference was remarkable, the institution reports.

“Empa has been delighted to orchestrate the technological development and to validate the innovation that makes Hydro_Bot a revolutionary moisture management solution. While this is a first-generation product, our physiological analysis already shows that electro-osmosis will make it possible to manage moisture in an entirely new way,” commented Prof Dr Gian-Luca Bona, CEO of Empa.

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