Innovative Materials, Technologies and Connectivity Solutions Developed by These Companies Will Blow You Away

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Wearable technology is no longer considered a trend of the future. It’s happening now, and materials, technologies and connectivity solutions developed by various companies are playing a magnificent role in the wearable tech industry. Some companies have created flexible sensors that can greatly benefit the healthcare industry while others are working on flexible displays that can take TVs and smartwatches to the next level. Connectivity solutions developed by many companies are giving new meaning to IoT. The following companies provide stunning products and connectivity for the wearable tech industry and they are going to exhibit at our WT | Wearable Technologies Show 2018 MEDICA in Dusseldorf November 12-15. Please visit our exhibition and read on to learn more about these companies.

With 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Founded in 2015, Covestro is a spin off Bayer. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro’s products include coatings and adhesives, polyurethanes that are used in thermal insulation, adhesives, electrical housings, and as a component of footwear and mattresses, and polycarbonates such as Covestro’s Makrolon, which are highly impact-resistant plastics. Covestro polyurethane was used in the 2014 official FIFA World Cup soccer ball. The company 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,200 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2017.

Headquartered in Midland, Michigan, the Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational chemical corporation and the predecessor of the merged company DowDuPont. In 2017, it was the second-largest chemical manufacturer in the world by revenue (after BASF) and as of February 2009, the third-largest chemical company in the world by market capitalization (after BASF and DuPont). It ranked second in the world by chemical production in 2014. Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. Dow offers a comprehensive portfolio of proven, biocompatible technologies such as silicone rubbers, elastomers and adhesives to enable a connected future in the healthcare market and to facilitate the internet of medical things. Their integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers more than 6,000 technology-based product families to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture.

Founded in 1969, EBV Elektronik is an Avnet company, and is the leading specialist in European semiconductor distribution. The company supports its customers from idea to product with 105 continuously trained application specialists, know-how and experience. EVB’s 260 Technical Sales Specialists provide a strong focus on a selected group of long-term manufacturing partners. 120 continuously trained Application Specialists offer extensive application know-how and design expertise. EBV has 62 offices in 28 countries throughout Europe as well as in Israel and South Africa. More info in EBV Blog

For over 130 years, VARTA Microbattery is bringing historic moments and revolutionary products to the world, providing a rich history of “Best-In-Class”​ consulting, design and manufacturing for the “Who’s Who”​ in electronic and industrial companies. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin used Varta batteries in their cameras on the moon when they captured the photographs of the “Giant leap for mankind.”​ Varta’s mission is to manufacture high performance, high-quality battery solutions for critical devices under extreme operating conditions is our mission. Among their products are CoinPower – rechargeable Li-Ion button cells setting new standards in energy capacity and performance – and gas generating cells particularly suitable for dispensing solutions.

Renesas Electronics is a global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power and SoC products, providing expertise, quality, and comprehensive solutions for a wide range of Automotive, Industrial, Home Electronics (HE), Office Automation (OA) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) applications. The company delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live—securely and safely. Renesas is headquartered in Japan, with subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide.

HP Healthcare technology solutions power over 1 billion patient interactions every year. The company’s new healthcare portfolio announced at HIMSS18, is built to address the unique needs of healthcare providers, including improved patient safety, smarter workflows and telemedicine solutions, and robust data security features. HP’s newest healthcare portfolio includes: HP EliteBook 840 G5 Healthcare Edition Notebook with Easy Clean software that cleans while the device is running; HP EliteOne 800 G4 23.8 Healthcare Edition AiO PC which has the ability to suppress background distraction in a noisy setting and a dual-facing pop-camera for simplifying patient registration and badging; and HP Healthcare Edition HC270cr Clinical Review display, which in addition to supporting the features in the aforementioned devices, also serves as a clinical review display with USB-C that supplies power to connected devices.

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) is a non-profit organization that believes health is personal and extends beyond healthcare. Formed by HIMSS, the organization mobilizes a coalition of stakeholders to realize the full potential of personal connected health. PCHAlliance members are a vibrant ecosystem of technology and life sciences industry icons and innovative, early stage companies along with governments, academic institutions, and associations from around the world.

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Cathy Russey
Cathy Russey () is Online Editor at WT | Wearable Technologies and specialized in writing about the latest medical wearables and enabling technologies on the market. Cathy can be contacted at info(at)