What Is XOnano Smartfoam?

What is Smartfoam? It is a flexible, foam sensor that can transform normal products into smart products. This is done by replacing small sections of regular foam.

Smartfoam measures impacts through a triboelectric response to compression and subsequent relaxation. It is is created by adding conductive nanoparticles to the liquid components of polyurethane foam prior to casting. The foam is cast around a conductive electrode, which is used to measure the generated charge and transmit it to a microcontroller. The harder it is hit, the higher the voltage. It is perfect for measuring impacts in hundreds of applications.

XOnano Smartfoam in a football helmet.
Sample of XOnano Smartfoam and a microcontroller in a football helmet. The XOnano Smartfoam is gray in color, due to the presence of the conductive nanoparticles.

XOnano (exo-nano) is the world leader in Smartfoam technology. With this technology, we can collect data in thousands of new products. We provide the only flexible foam sensor on the market today. Most sensors are expensive and rigid and can’t work in many products.

XOnano provides this technology to a variety of industries in order to improve the lives of their customers by enhancing their products.

We are working in the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Entertainment (IR/VR)
  • Defense
  • Security
  • Smart Shipping
  • Sporting Goods
  • Wearables

Transform your insole into a Smart insole and collect 3D Ground Reaction Forces. A regular running shoe can be transformed into a smart shoe; you can have your own stride analyzer on your feet. Measure impact data with a smart football helmet: know how hard you were hit and how hard you hit your opponent after every game and practice. Monitor head health like never before. This goes with shoulder pads for all contact sports as well.

Measure the negative impact vibration has on a mining belt or a motor mount to predict failure. Measure your stamina while you drive. Create a new airbag triggering mechanism for faster, safer performance. Enhance virtual reality play with smart body armor. Improve quality of life for amputees by creating Smartfoam sensors for artificial limbs. This, and more, is possible now with the invention of Smartfoam.