Circuitex®

Conductive Smart Fabric Technology

Circuitex yarns and fabrics are highly conductive and can detect and transmit human physiological data for medical and consumer applications. Circuitex technology can replace traditional electrodes and metal wires, making products more comfortable, flexible, and durable.

Circuitex is available as either a fabric, yarn, or fiber.

Circuitex materials are soft, lightweight, and flexible making it easy and comfortable to integrate detection, monitoring, and/or transmission of data into products, garments, and accessories. In medical applications, Circuitex yarns can be knit or woven into smart diagnostic garments and used to sense and transmit electrophysiological signals to a healthcare professional or data analysis app. In consumer apparel, Circuitex can be used for collecting data, delivering stimulus, storing energy, or controlling temperature, among other things. In biometric monitoring, Circuitex materials can detect and transmit information about sleeping patterns and weight distribution or can alert healthcare professionals about hot spots on patients who are confined to a bed or wheelchair. In electronic applications, soft, foldable Circuitex can replace metal wire to transmit data or conduct energy. The applications are endless.

 

99.9% pure silver covalent bonded to nylon

Highest Quality Conductivity

Silver has the highest electrical conductivity of all metals. In fact, silver defines conductivity and all other metals are compared against it. On a scale of 0 to 100, with silver representing 100, copper measures at 97 and gold at 76. Because 100% of the Circuitex surface area is permanently coated in silver, Circuitex conductivity performance is second to none. What’s more, every millimetre of yarn is inspected by Noble Biomaterials to ensure the highest quality continuous conductivity.

How Circuitex Is Made

  1. 99.9% pure silver is permanently bonded to the surface of a non-conductive polymer, such as nylon.
  2. The pure silver covers a 100% surface area of the fiber, which then creates a highly conductive and uniform product – the Circuitex yarn. The silver coating does not change the flexibility or durability of the polymer.
  3. Various grades of Circuitex are used in a fabric in order to customize the desired conductive end use.

Circuitex for Remote Medical Monitoring Wearables

Circuitex enables signal sensing and signal transmission to external processing devices when integrated into soft surface wearable technology.In medical applications, Circuitex yarns can be knit or woven into garments and used to sense and transmit electrophysiological signals such as electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (ECG), and polysomnography (PSG).

In cases where stimulation is needed for the patient, the conductive fabrics can deliver electrical stimulation through a network of Circuitex materials.


Circuitex for Consumer Wearable and Smart Garments

Circuitex technology facilitates the integration of electronics into wearable garments and accessories in a manner that is virtually undetectable to the person wearing the garment. Circuitex enables signal sensing and transmission to external processing devices, further empowering “The Internet of Things” by connecting wearable technologies to larger technical infrastructure.

Utilizing the unparalleled conductivity of silver, Circuitex allows designers to create smart wearables without uncomfortable hard materials. Sensors made from Circuitex technology play a key role in the quest to design an advanced product that provides the technological benefits without all the visible hardware.Some uses in consumer applications are:

Fitness

Highly conductive and flexible to conform to a body’s shape, Circuitex can be incorporated into and throughout the clothing itself to detect and monitor human physiological signals for fitness applications. A flexible substrate, Circuitex technology helps make garments smarter and more comfortable, while providing the critical information to understand how a body is performing. The silver yarns move the data – whether its heart rate variability, breathing rate, activity intensity, or force of impact– to a device that collects that data and sends it elsewhere, such as to a smartphone.

In cases where you want to deliver electrical stimulation to muscles for training or rehabilitation, Circuitex conductive yarn can be knit into a garment to deliver mild pulses of electrical current to innervate muscles beneath the skin.

Heated Fabrics

Silver is the most thermally conductive element on Earth. By incorporating Circuitex yarns into apparel and accessories and providing a low voltage source, you have a way to deliver warmth to garments or accessories that is not detectable by or distracting to the user.

Personal Electronics

The highly conductive properties and soft, flexible nature of Circuitex yarns allow integration into personal electronics products when conventional materials simply won’t work.


Circuitex for Body Mapping and Pressure Sensing

Circuitex can be used in beds, mats, or seats to map pressure points. With 100% surface area coverage and uniform conductivity, Circuitex utilizes permanently bound silver to enable signal sensing and signal transmission to external processing devices when integrated into soft surface technology. In biometric monitoring, Circuitex materials can detect and transmit information about sleeping movement patterns and weight distribution to optimize sleep in mattress systems or can alert healthcare professionals about hot spots on patients who are confined to a bed or wheelchair.


Circuitex for Electronics

Nothing transmits an electrical signal better than silver. Circuitex provides highly conductive properties while maintaining the soft and flexible nature of fabrics, instead of using hard plastics or polymers. Circuitex conductive yarns and fabrics can replace traditional metal wire technology for electrical applications. Circuitex is lightweight, washable, durable, flexible, and stretchable.

Flexible Circuitry

Fabrics made with Circuitex can be easily terminated with common connectors and electrodes, making it ideal for power and data circuits and other high-tech applications.

Antenna Systems

Noble Biomaterials manufactures conductive products that are lightweight and maintain a textile hand. These can easily be integrated into garments, tents or temporary buildings as a fully concealed, malleable antenna system.

Antennas can be embroidered in any desired configuration and can easily be terminated with common connectors and electrodes. This smart textile application is washable, durable, flexible and stretchable, making it ideal for challenging, high-tech applications where a compromise of reception performance would represent an unacceptable risk.

Energy Scavenging and Energy Storage

As innovation continues to reduce the power needed to drive wearable electronics, scavenging energy from simple body movements, body heat, or even solar radiation becomes an adequate power source to drive the wearable electronics and replace current battery technology.

Noble Biomaterials Circuitex products can be used to create textile-like, flexible energy scavenging networks, flexible conductive paths within these networks, as well as rechargeable energy storage devices that are able to maintain function of the wearable electronics when power scavenging is not possible (sleep).