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TPU---A promising material for smart wearable device

Time:2016/7/30 10:11:44     Source:    Authors:BangTai TPU

The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple, prepared to enter the market. International Data Corporation (IDCshows that Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1 million wearable devices was shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7 million units shipped in 2019.


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1. Smart Wearable devices - Open new areas of home fashion,health


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Wearable technologies like smart watches, Google Glass, Nike+ Fuelband, Fitbit Charge, Withings Activite, Jawbone, and other health devices is becoming trend now. Wearable technologies should provide precise and clear information to the consumer without negatively affecting the quality of daily life.Fitness trackers will record your activities on a daily basis, no matter whether it is running, sleeping, eating, walking, or exercising. Wearable fitness trackers help you to get motivated to bring changes in your lifestyle to stay fit and healthy.

2.TPU  with excellent performance -achieve seamless connection with smart wearable products 


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Smart wearable device has high standard for the material for comfort,resistance of stain ,abrasion,and cratch,non-allergenic ,waterproof. Currently the market mainly uses TPU, TPSiV, fluorine rubber, TPES, materials.



Material

Hand feeling

smoothness

Stain resistance

Scratch resistance

Processing

Cost

TPU

Good

Good

Good

Excelent

Injection

Middle

TPSiV

Normal

Excelent

Good

Good

Injection

High

Fluorine rubber

Excelent

Excelent

Excelent

Normal

Compression Molding

Very high

TPES

Excelent

Bad

Bad

Bad

Injection

High 


As we can see from the table, TPU material is with super stain resistance, excellent had feeling and high scratch resistance, high degree of smoothness, balanced overall performance, and high cost competitive advantage. Currently from all the smart wearable wristband products lanuched, TPU material has accounted for nearly half of volume. With intelligent wearable material development and popularization, TPU material is gradually replaced the fluorine rubber, TPSiV, TPES, materials and become the first choice of the intelligent wearable device filed. 


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