MARKETS & INVESTING | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

clim8 makes intelligent clothing a reality

With clim8’s intelligent garment, wearers achieve regulated body temperatures whilst doing whatever activity in any weather condition.

The start-up’s wearable ensures thermal consistency and users’ comfort even during extreme weather. Florian Miguet, chief executive and co-founder of clim8, says they saw a tremendous need for intelligent clothing in the market. “It’s been evident from the beginning of human civilisation that people need to be warm when it’s cold and cooler when it’s hot. So here we are.”

Miguet believed that supported with some key strategic talents in the team they could make intelligent clothing a reality, much like what happened to the auto industry in the 1980s wherein cars began implementing electronics and sensors into their engines. “That one industrious idea drastically improved reliability, fuel efficiency, and engine lifecycles. Therefore, our team of accomplished engineers, textile experts, and scientists understood we had to implement electronics, digital experience, and edge textile construction into everyday garments.”

It is said that amongst activewear and sports brands, the insulation/thermal categories generate the most revenue. Yet despite heavy consumer demand, these garments still cannot monitor, activate, or regulate temperature for the wearer. “With this in mind, we intend at clim8 to disrupt these categories with a revolutionary new garment that can truly respond to the wearer’s specific needs,” says Miguet.

Pierre Mouette, chief technology officer of clim8, is an electronic engineer with ten years of experience in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Meanwhile, clim8 research & development director Julien Guéritée has a PhD in Human Thermal Physiology and over seven years of experience in developing thermal solutions on clothing. Miguet, on the other hand, has 15 years of experience in technical outdoor brands.

They are currently working on a new generation of clim8 intelligent clothing with lighter and smaller battery. There is a corresponding app for both iOS and Android that allows wearers to set their preferences. clim8 is a Cyberport off-site incubatee of the Cyberport Incubation Programme and received financial assistance of up to $330,000. 

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