Our first step in the design and development of the Delta Gloves was to conduct an exhaustive competitive analysis and study of all the weight lifting gloves in the market including fit, function and the materials that were currently being used. We made a list of requirements, including fit considerations, strength, breathability, insulation from the electronics and moisture management. The electronic circuit with the sensors to detect weight is printed onto a flexible film that’s laminated onto a non-woven fabric and placed in the lining of the glove.
One of the innovations we worked on with the PureCarbon team was to develop a nicely fitting glove that allowed for highest possible performance for both the athlete and the electronic circuitry. Printed circuits on TPU film are an incredible step forward in wearable technology. They are flexible, washable and durable. But on the downside, the film isn’t breathable and doesn’t have much stretch. We overcame these obstacles by placing the film in limited areas inside the glove between the lining and the shell and by using fabrics with moisture management properties. In addition, we added breathable mesh ventilation inserts between the fingers to release any heat build up from your hand inside the glove. It was also a challenging design problem to develop a glove pattern that would address proper fit while considering the needs of the circuit layout.