A locally-developed wearable LED technology has struck gold at a technology innovation competition held recently in Munich, Germany.
Hong Kong’s i-Lume was declared winner of the 2015/2016 Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup in the category of safety and security category, am730 reports.
Man Wing-lok, general manager of i-Lume, said his research and development team has deployed “eyelet punching”, a common technique used in cloth manufacturing, in affixing its wearable LED lighting products to sports apparel, bicycle suits and backpacks.
The simple technique significantly shortens the time and cost of manufacturing wearable technologies for everyday use, Man said.
The i-Lume LED lights can be seen from as far as 500 meters, helping to ensure the safety of athletes exercising at night, and come with an auto switch-of feature, Apple Daily said.
The product beat 450 competitors from 60 countries to emerge as the only Asian company among 28 finalists.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) also won seven medals – three golds, one silver and three bronzes – at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions.
One of the gold medal-winning applications was HKRITA’s dyeing technique, which can save 90 percent of the water used in the manufacturing process compared with conventional methods.
The institute’s spinning system for Chitosan yarn also clinched the top award at the exhibition for its anti-bacterial properties, which could help facilitate the healing of wounds and offer anti-allergy protection to the skin.
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