Smartex was founded in 1999 to exploit new findings in the field of “smart materials” with the aim to develop innovative solutions and products answering the need of innovation and hi-tech transfer processes towards the textile world.
The main field of activity became the so-called E-textile. Leveraging the disparate materials, technologies and techniques available within the established electronics and textile industries are leading to a totally new class of large-area, flexible, conformable informative/interactive systems; essential instrumental functions (power supply, sensor, actuator, processor) can be implemented onto fabric substrates, where the sensitive function is due to woven smart materials.
Electronic textile can be defined as fabrics where sensor function, electronics and interconnections are woven into them. Multifunctional electronic textiles give to the traditional textile industry a new added value represented by the possibility to make daily life more healthy, safe and comfortable, bringing technological achievements closer to the public, through the realisation of easy-to-use interfaces between humans and devices.
The fabrication of such multifunctional interactive fabrics, flexible and conformable to the human body, represents a potential important tool to promote progress, sustainable development and competitiveness in several disciplines, such as:
- health monitoring: health promotion and disease detection and prevention;
- rehabilitation: function restoring;
- health assistance: disability compensation for higher quality of life;
- sport medicine: function support and body monitoring;
and as emerging sectors in the following markets:
Several research activities are carried out in collaboration with the "Centro Interdipartimentale "Enrico Piaggio" of the University of Pisa, in the same shared laboratory hosted in the “Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico” of Navacchio.