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Myant displays latest technology for workplace at CES

Jan '20
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Myant, leaders in textile computing, showed the latest developments for a workplace of the future powered by the Myant Platform at the recently held CES 2020 expo in Las Vegas. CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years and a global stage where next-generation innovations are launched in the marketplace.

These technology demonstrations highlighted how an office environment connected to the Myant Platform will be aware of the worker’s current physical and psychological state, anticipate their needs, and react to create personalised experiences that optimise individual performance, resulting in enterprise-wide enhancement of productivity and workforce health and well-being.

Creating greater synchronicity between the human worker, the AI-enabled digital world, and the physical work environment is a critical objective for many forward-thinkers such as the Government of Japan with its Society 5.0 initiative. To realise such a vision, Myant has been developing textile-based products throughout the work environment that can sense and react to the identity and state of the individual. The data generated from these interfaces would then be delivered to the Myant Platform where artificial intelligence analyses and anticipates future needs for the individual or enterprise in real-time. When an office is populated with textiles connected to the digital world (that is, chairs, desk surfaces, carpeting, etc.), a continuous, ambient, and pervasive connection between the human operating system, the digital world, and the physical environment is formed. Offices connected by textile have the potential then to sense, anticipate and react to workers’ needs, reducing friction in work processes, freeing workers to focus on the act of value-creation for the enterprise, according to Myant.

The potential of an office connected by textiles and powered by the Myant Platform could manifest in a myriad of different ways. It provides personalised micro-climates and dynamic workplace configurations which can continuously optimise according to our current and predicted state, promoting worker productivity, performance, health and wellbeing

The platform provides an enterprise-wide predictive health & wellness management that can measure workforce health & wellness, suggest corrective actions to hit enterprise-level wellness targets, report on progress towards these goals to promote adherence, demonstrate return on investment for HR-driven wellness initiatives, and measure real behavioural outcomes to insurers who can in turn adjust premiums.

It provides a continuous, ambient multi-factor biometric security that triangulates between a broad spectrum of biometric measures, enhancing security for the enterprise and its workers, deployed in a frictionless, always-on form factor. predictive service and resource management solutions also observe past and current worker states, factor in contextual information, predict emerging future needs, and intelligently throttle services and resources (like adjusting lighting, heating, energy, lock/unlock doors, redistribute power, etc.) to create a more seamless worker experience and optimally sustainable workplace.

Deeply immersive AR/VR experiences augmented by textiles foster a truer sense of empathy, enabling more meaningful collaboration between teammates across locations, ultimately bridging the gap between the physical and virtual realities.

As an example, analysis of continuous ECG data captured by a desk chair could identify abnormally high levels of anxiety, triggering a notification that suggests mindful breathing or walking to turn your stress into focus. This could be supplemented by an adjustment of your micro-climate (for example lighting and heating, seat ergonomics), creating a feedback loop where human biometrics drive responses in the environment designed to regulate the human user. These dynamic relationships between an individual worker and the office can also create value at the enterprise-level, where continuous behavioural evidence for the impact of wellness and awareness programmes could drive a reduction in insurance premiums for the company.

Myant’s presence at CES 2020 was designed to highlight the possibilities enabled by the Platform, inspiring the world to challenge the way they see everyday textile objects (i.e. everyday textiles on the body and in the environment) and to reimagine the value that these objects can provide. To that end, Myant displayed connected textile demos across all facets of life (with work, home, and play coming together to represent the 24 hours of daily life) as well as celebrating the launch of a connected apparel line under Myant’s consumer brand, Skiin.

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