Smart Fabric allows users to track data directly through clothing
Nextiles is headquartered in New York City, where the Garment District once thrived. Inspired to fuel innovation in fabric and sewing, Sun moved its headquarters to the Navy Yard in Brooklyn after being recruited by Newlab – home to more than 150 cutting-edge technology-driven companies and more than 800 entrepreneurs, inventors. and engineers. Newlab approached Sun to join and revitalize the textile industry by innovating locally. The factory, which was a Navy Yard building during WWI and WWII, is now home to Nextiles’ core engineering team. Nextiles also operates a cutting and sewing studio in New Jersey as well as an award-winning industrial design team based in Manhattan.
“Modern sewing technology is almost 2000 years old, but the industry in recent decades has been overlooked because our company believes we have maximized its usefulness,” said George Sun, CEO of Nextiles. “However, at Nextiles, we are re-launching textile innovation and, more importantly, we are doing it in what was once the couture capital of the world, New York. One of the reasons we value fabrics over traditional PCB technology is our philosophy to build from the bottom up – wire by wire. Our industry has coveted smartphones so much that we have been content to wear them as watches and bracelets. powers to what we know most. Revolutionizing our clothes, instead of miniaturizing computer chips, relying on high-generation, time-tested materials. “
While Nextiles uses clothing as its first platform, the company sees broad technology applications and works with multiple OEMs in various industries, such as automotive, military and fitness.
“We have seen our technology become more than just clothing, but as solutions for a variety of interrelated industries,” Sun continued. “If it can be sewn, it can be smart. To date, we have several projects and collaborations underway in the field of sports performance quantifying movement, which would otherwise be impossible with camera vision or accelerometers, as we literally form ourselves around the 3D complexities of human movement. Along with this, we have also seen the interest of OEMs in increasing their current product offerings by taking their soft-good products and pushing them into the world of IoT. I am excited to share this technology with our manufacturers and sports partners because there is a gratification within our team when someone can own their own data through their own clothing. “
In 2020, Nextiles completed its funding round, led by its first investor, MIT. The rest include a diverse group of strategic individual investors who are senior executives from multiple industries such as sports, media, retail, medicine, technology, finance and professional athletes. “We are extremely grateful to have welcomed several individual investors from diverse backgrounds with incredible experience and networks who all share our vision for a more connected future.” The diversity of our capitalization table reflects the diversity of our technology and we look forward to innovating alongside the current one. and future partners in a variety of business sectors, “ said John Peters, Commercial Director of Nextiles.
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