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Myant and SMK partner on textile computing supply chain


Toronto-based Myant Inc., global leader in the design and development of textile computing solutions has partnered with SMK Electronics Corp. U.S.A., Chula Vista CA, a global designer and manufacturer of advanced OEM electronic components, to form a partnership to catalyze the development of new electronic components and mechanical interfaces for application in the emerging field of Textile Computing.

Myant’s patented processes see biometric sensors and actuators embedded into fibers and yarns at the nano-scale. The result is a washable, comfortable interface for bidirectional (two-way), human-computer interaction.

“Our strategic partnership with Myant is a natural next step for SMK,” says Paul Evans, president of SMK Electronics, “as we apply our world-leading, advanced connector capabilities to the exploding textile computing market space. Together we can develop innovative solutions for application in health care, fitness, AR/VR, automotive, aerospace and more.”

“Our partnership with SMK Electronics leverages the technologies and intellectual properties of both companies to develop, manufacture and scale electronic components for textile computing applications,” adds Tony Chahine, CEO and founder of Myant. “This will greatly accelerate our development of the SKIIN Textile Computing Platform–a textile-based platform designed to sustain seamless human-computer interaction.

“Myant’s mission is to connect humans to others and to the world around us, by providing access to 24-hour connectivity, through the different stages of life,” Chahine continues. “The possibilities are endless, with applications in health & wellness, automotive, aerospace, performance apparel and more. SMK joins the Mayo Clinic, Proteus Digital Health, the Zoll Medical Group, and others to provide advanced components for Myant’s SKIIN Textile Computing platform.”