VTT introduces an innovation for wearable technology industry
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new method for the needs of wearable tech and cosmetics industry.
The method allows high-volume production of embossing microscopic channel structures onto large areas of plastic film at a low cost. The plastic film can be used, for example, in wearable technology and cosmetic applications.
One of VTT‘s goals is to engineer a smart fabric adjustable with a mobile app for controlling the wearer’s temperature.
“Minuscule microfluidic channels can be compared to the cardiovascular system, for example,” Ralph Liedert, VTT’s key account manager for wearable technology and printed diagnostics. “This gave us the idea for other applications of our new method in addition to diagnostics, such as heating or cooling channels for clothing, or the storage and transport of substances that are only needed in small volumes (perfumes and fragrances) or that are very expensive (medicine).”