Myant & Helly Hansen to Demonstrate Connected Safety Footwear at CES 2020, Highlighting New Methods to Enhance Worker Well-being and Prevent Workplace Accidents
TORONTO, January 6, 2020 – Myant Inc., pioneers in Textile Computing™, and Helly Hansen, the global technical and safety apparel brand, will be showcasing a connected safety shoe at CES 2020 (January 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas) as part of Myant’s vision of creating a new industry by connecting people to their own body, other people, and their IoT-enabled environments in the context of work, home and play. The Helly Hansen connected safety shoe features sensors knitted into the shoe which provides continuous gait analysis, helping to track, predict, and ultimately prevent occupational same-level slips, trips and falls (STFLs) on both an individual and organizational level.
Beyond the obvious impact on worker well-being, STFLs have an impact on the bottom-line of a business as well. According to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (2014 Workplace Safety Index: From Research to Reality), STFLs were estimated to have collectively impacted the bottom-line of businesses in the United States in excess of $9 billion USD in 2014. The ability for an organization to track, predict and hopefully prevent such workplace accidents is an important objective. While monitors do exist to track STFLs, they are not always suitable in industrial applications where safetywear must be certified to meet industrial safety standards. Furthermore, monitoring systems can come in the form factors that feel unnatural to workers, impeding their performance or potentially even creating safety hazards themselves.
Recognizing these challenges, Myant has been working with the global safetywear brand Helly Hansen to apply textiles that sense and react to the human body to safety shoes that can continuously track slip and fall events, balance, strides, distance traveled, as well as geofencing and temperature. The data generated by the shoe can be analyzed in the Myant Platform to perform gait analysis, allowing users to identify past injuries affecting gait that could create future safety hazards, and predict the likelihood of future STFLs to effectively prevent workplace accidents before they have a chance to occur. The connected shoes will be on display in Myant’s booth at CES 2020.
The safety shoes co-developed with Helly Hansen are just one manifestation of what is possible in a work environment where textiles meaningfully connect workers to their own bodies, to each other, and to the IoT-enabled work environment. Other developments that Myant is working on that are designed to transform connectedness at work include heated garments that dynamically optimize temperature and provide electronically-controlled moisture/sweat management to maximize worker performance, textile-based active luminescent safety vests that consider local environmental conditions and traffic conditions to dynamically adjust lighting patterns and enhance visibility for road workers, as well as workwear with integrated pollution and chemical sensors to keep workers safe in hazardous environments.
Myant at CES 2020
The optimization of work through connected textiles is just one of the many possibilities enabled by the Myant Platform, which provides a continuous and ambient connection between people and their bodies, their communities, and their environments across all aspects of daily life (i.e. home, work, and play). Myant’s presence at CES 2020 was designed to encourage others envision these possibilities, inspiring the world to challenge the way they see everyday textile and to reimagine the value that these objects can provide. Myant invites you to visit their booth at CES 2020 (Booth #43925, Sands Expo, Health & Wellness) to discover more about a world connected by textile.
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About Myant Inc.
Myant has created the world’s first platform that continuously and ambiently connects people to their bodies, to each other, and to the world around them. Using connected textiles that can sense and react to the human body and a platform that enables machine learning driven health and performance outcomes, Myant is on a mission to transform human connectedness. With an extensive patent portfolio, key exclusive relationships within the textile computing industry, a multidisciplinary team of researchers, engineers, data scientists, fashion* designers and knitting specialists, and over 80,000 ft² of manufacturing capacity, Myant is changing the way people across society connect. Connect with us to find out how we can help you create innovative solutions powered by connected textiles and the Myant Platform.
About Helly Hansen
Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive. Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics more than 140 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow™ temperature regulating system.
Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 55,000 professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.
Helly Hansen’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries and trusted by outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world. In 2018, Helly Hansen joined the Canadian Tire Corporation family of companies. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit hellyhansen.com. To learn more about Canadian Tire Corporation, visit corp.canadiantire.ca.