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1. (WO2018085811) PERFORMANCE GAUGE FOR FABRIC AND CUSHIONING MATERIAL

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/085811    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/060331
Publication Date: Sat May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Nov 08 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A61B 5/0205
D04B 35/00
A61B 5/00
A61B 5/0476
Applicants: CRANIN, Jonathan
Inventors: CRANIN, Jonathan
THOMAS, Deepa
THOMAS, Mathew
Title: PERFORMANCE GAUGE FOR FABRIC AND CUSHIONING MATERIAL
Abstract:
Athletic apparel, including compression garments and athletic footwear, is disclosed as capable of monitoring the wear of compression fabric and/or cushioning material by attaching a performance gauge onto the apparel. The performance gauge includes microcapsules that contain a colorless dye and/or a co-reactant, wherein the microcapsules can breakdown in concert with the wear and degradation of the compression fabric or cushioning material, thereby allowing the dye and co-reactant to mix and produce color indication. As the wear of the fabric and cushioning material increases, more microcapsules breakdown resulting in a progression of color change visible through additional layers on the performance gauge, or by the fabric and/or cushioning material. The microcapsules can be engineered to breakdown based on any variation of factors that correspond to the degradation of compressive fabric and cushioning material, including shear force, tension, impact force, and/or exposure to high temperature and water.