SMART ePANTS

Smart Electrically Powered and Networked Textile Systems
SMART ePANTS

Intelligence Value

The SMART ePANTS program seeks to develop clothing with integrated audio, video, and geolocation sensor systems that feature the same stretchability, bendability, washability, and comfort of regular textiles. By weaving these devices directly into garments, Intelligence Community staff will be able to record information from their environment hands-free, without the need to wear uncomfortable, bulky, and rigid devices. As a result, personnel will have greater range of motion, thus improving their response time in challenging circumstances.

Summary

Active smart textile (ASTs) research is a burgeoning field where fabrics are designed to adapt and change their functionality in response to changes to their external environment and/or user input. Unlike passive smart textiles (PST), such as Gore-Tex® which rely on their structure to function, ASTs employ energy to power built-in sensors and/or actuators that sense, store, interpret, and/or react to information from their environment.

New, enabling, research to transfer many of the capabilities of rigid wearable electronics into ASTs has surfaced including: weavable conductive polymer “wires”, energy harvesters powered by the body, ultra-low power printable computers on cloth, microphones that behave like threads, and “scrunchable” batteries that can function after many deformations. In order to transfer this research into AST products, revolutionary new materials and manufacturing techniques are needed to develop complete and integrated systems containing mechanically deformable and durable: 1) power sources, 2) sensors, 3) computation and data storage, and 4) electrically conductive system component “wires” and interconnects.

The SMART ePANTS goal is to build sensor systems that are comfortably integrated into primary clothing (e.g., shirts, pants, socks, and underwear). Research committed to developing these systems will be divided into three demonstration tracks:

  • Audio recording
  • Video and photography capture
  • Indoor geolocation

SMART EPANTS GOVERNMENT FURNISHED CAPABILITIES (GFC)

Services offered for potential inclusion in program applications
An Overview of GFC is available HERE: MIT - Lincoln Laboratory

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HYBRID PROPOSERS' DAY INFORMATION

SMART ePANTS Virtual Proposers’ Day was held on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 from 10:30am to 5:00pm EST.

Sam.gov Reference

SMART ePANTS Proposers' Day Presentation

SMART ePANTS Teaming Information (Compiled Submissions)

SMART ePANTS Teaming Form

Teaming Forms Received After Proposers' Day

Anthro Energy Capabilities Statement

Ateios Capabilities Statement

Ateios Teaming Form

Avient Capabilities Statement

Avient Teaming Form

Battelle Memorial Institute Teaming Form

Bayflex Capabilities Statement

Bayflex Teaming Form

DuPont Capabilities Statement

DuPont Teaming Form 

Electroninks, Inc Teaming Form

IoT/AI Capabilities Statement

Mide Technology Capabilities Statement

Neotech AMT Capabilities Statement

OSEMI Inc Teaming Form

PARC Capabilities Statement

PARC Teaming Form

Penn State University Capabilities Statement

UES, Inc. Capabilities Statement

UES, Inc. Teaming Form

UMass Lowell Capabilities Statement

Wave Sciences Capabilities Statement

Wave Sciences Teaming Form

Riot Energy Capabilities Statement

Riot Energy Teaming Form

Merino Teaming Form

Merino Capability Statement









Contact Information

Program Manager

Dr. Dawson Cagle

Contracting Office Address

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

Washington, DC 20511

Research Area(s)

Active Smart Textiles, e-textiles, Wearable electronics, Batteries, Body cameras, Body microphones.

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Link(s) to BAA

N66001-22-S-4705

Solicitation Status

OPEN

Proposers' Day Date

May 11, 2022

BAA Release Date

July 5, 2022

Proposal Due Date

September 6, 2022

Program Summary

Additional Information