Adjusts to different climate and conditions
Osmotex currently develops final versions of the fabrics and first integrated clothing systems together with leading suppliers of fabrics and electronics and first clothing brands, representing the whole value chain. Physiological tests are being carried out with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology (EMPA) (picture).
The market for wearable technologies will grow to USD 12.6 billion according to a report from Business Insider (May 21015). Embedded technologies for microclimate and moisture management will be a major driver in developing this market, and HYDRO_BOT stands to become one of the first real solutions in the market.
HYDRO_BOT addresses the core challenges of performance work and sports clothing, namely to keep the wearer comfortable and well-performing. Today, more than 30 years after the introduction of first breathable membranes, no supplier has succeeded in creating an outer shell fabric matching high activity sweat rates.
The result is discomfort, performance loss and in severe cases hyper- or hypothermia from activity levels just above walking gently.
HYDRO_BOT will bring a dramatically better performance compared to existing membrane solutions on the market.
For temperature control, the human body constantly releases perspiration – even during sleep. In conventional clothing systems and membranes the driving force of moisture transport is a difference in vapor pressure. Moisture travels from the hot and humid inside to the (hopefully) colder and drier outside.
The table below lists perspiration rates for different activity levels. While current breathable clothing can keep the wearer dry and comfortable at low activity rates and moderate outside humidity, it is not able to keep up as activity and sweat rates intensify.
|Activity||Perspiration Rate L/h|
|Active walking with light pack||0,63|
|Active walking with heavy pack||0,79|
|Mountain walking with heavy pack||0,95 – 1,3|
|Max work rate||1,6 – 1,9|