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Smart wearables for outdoor performance

Taiwan companies have consistently created some of the most advanced wearable products on the market.

20th May 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Taiwan


Taiwan Excellence – the symbol encapsulating Taiwan’s best and most innovative products – will host the Smart Tech, Smart Clothing: Innovations from Taiwan webinar at 2pm EDT on May 26th, for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show.

It will showcase and familiarise buyers with the country’s cutting-edge smart wearables designed for outdoor sports and fitness.

“Taiwan is a major player in the global textile and apparel industry and has invested heavily in R&D in smart textiles,” said Simon Wang, executive vice president of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). “Combining this with our strengths in smart technology development, Taiwan companies have consistently created some of the most advanced wearable products on the market.”

Among companies presenting is ASUS, developer of the VivoWatch BP, the first wearable health tracker to integrate a pair of medical-grade ECG and PPG sensors, providing 24/7 health tracking and data analysis, as well as personalised health tips and fitness tracking functionality in a compact and lightweight device. The embedded ECG and PPG sensors enable the VivoWatch to calculate pulse transit time (PTT), as well as measure heart rate, sleep and activity stress levels throughout the day, providing insights for better wellness management. Together with ASUS HealthConnect, an intuitive and friendly mobile app, users can manage blood pressure, heart rate, periods and medication reminders, as well as sharing wellness data. The watch has a 14-day battery life and a swim-proof design.

Makalot has created the the WIIM Pro series of smart electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) pants and shorts. Training by receiving a targeted electrical pulse to key muscle groups can accelerate workout and enhance training results. The application of EMS technology has been used in the sports industry for a long time, but thoroughly integrating the technology into fabrics and apparel while ensuring comfort and style has been a challenge. Low-frequency EMS technology enables users to activate functions during activities to strengthen muscle contraction and exercise more effectively.

The smart cycling glasses of WiseChip meanwhile enable a new riding experience by making performance information such as heart rate monitoring, ride times, distance records, revolutions per minute and more visible. WiseChip has been a leading OLED developer for more than 17 years and continues to improve its products, making sensors and other components even smaller and more wearable, collecting data in more detail, and providing better analysis.

Registration for the free webinar can be made here.

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