Dry-Active: The World's First Wearable Dehumidifier
Dry-Active: The World's First Wearable Dehumidifier
Dry-active is a smart wearable device that solves the problem of moisture build up when wearing Water Resistant & Water Proof Jackets
Dry-active is a smart wearable device that solves the problem of moisture build up when wearing Water Resistant & Water Proof Jackets Read more
About this project
INTRODUCING THE DRY-ACTIVE SYSTEM
Why did we invent Dry-Active?
Have you ever worn a jacket because it was raining or cold outside, only to find yourself getting wet on the inside because that same jacket causes you to sweat? Biking to work, riding on a motorcycle, working, and even snow sports are all activities that may require you to wear a jacket. But once you start moving… that same jacket keeps the elements (moisture/sweat) in. For example, one Dry-Active team member often cycles to work. Nothing serious, just a leisurely 25 minute ride. When it rains, a jacket must be worn to keep him dry. However, within minutes he is sweating on the inside with no way for this extra moisture to be drawn away from his clothes. In fact, high humidity makes you sweat even more.
What about when you’re wearing a jacket on the mountain but decide to hike up with your snowboard to ride some fresh POW. You begin to sweat, your clothes get wet, and when you’re sitting on the chairlift, you feel colder because of the added dampness.
Whether it is during work or play, keeping you dry on the inside of your jacket, leads to more comfort, drier clothes, less odour and a better regulated body temperature that keeps you healthy!
THE WORLD'S FIRST WEARABLE DEHUMIDIFIER
Dry-Active is a wearable micro-dehumidifier that decreases core humidity by up to 40%. It creates a dry localized environment around your upper torso and thus enhances your comfort level while you engage in activities. Dry-Active sits comfortably over your shoulders and instantly enhances the performance of any water resistant or water proof jacket you choose to wear.
The Dry-Active App
The Dry-Active system comes with an App that will allow you to control the humidity settings that are monitored within your jacket. With any Smart Phone or Bluetooth device, you can operate the device or monitor temperature and humidity readings. You can even set it on Auto Pilot to turn on when moisture levels rise, and then off again when the desired comfort levels are reached.
Why do our bodies feel more uncomfortable in higher humidity?
The rate at which sweat evaporates depends on how much water is already in the air. Body temperatures increase in humid regions as the body's natural cooling process (thermoregulation) is impaired.
"If skin temperature is greater than that of the surroundings, the body can lose heat... But, if the temperature of the surroundings is greater than that of the skin, the body actually gains heat by radiation and conduction. In such conditions, the only means by which the body can rid itself of heat is by evaporation...Anything that prevents evaporation will cause the internal body temperature to rise... Humidity affects thermoregulation by limiting sweat evaporation..." - wikipedia.org
Accelerates the removal of moisture caused by heat and sweat
A recent study has shown special clothing meant to wick moisture away from the skin is in reality, ineffective for the following reasons:
- Moisture can accumulate in quantities that won't move through the fabric fast enough.
- When environmental humidity is as high as the humidity around your body, there is no capacity for the fabric to absorb additional vapour.
- Fabrics can become saturated with water from excess rain and humidity. When moisture also accumulates from the inside of this jacket (body heat & sweat), this newly formed moisture cannot pass through these saturated spots and becomes trapped.
DRY-ACTIVE'S System actively circulates air around your upper body and at the same time - takes away the moisture inside your jacket.
DRY-ACTIVE keeps your body temperature more consistent in cold weather too!
As we have learned, high humidity interferes with the body's cooling abilities. In colder weather, wet fabrics sitting against the skin will transfer the cold from the surrounding environment. This will lead to a drop in your body temperature. Just think of how much colder a cool breeze feels on wet skin as opposed to when you are dry. By keeping your clothing drier, our system will prevent this additional cooling effect for a more consistent experience.
The Dry-Active Solution
Maintenance is easy.
Each Dry-Active Device comes with a refillable filter that uses common low-cost materials found in your local hardware store. Watch our short maintenance video below.
Simply remove the old cartridge, rinse with cool water, dry and refill it with any number of recommended materials. A full cartridge can usually last a whole day. One time use cartridges may also be purchased from our website.
Who is Dry-Active for?
Construction / Utility Workers, Traffic Control, Landscapers and more...
Whether you work in warmer or colder temperatures, Dry-Active ensures that your body is not adversely affected by excessive moisture inside your jacket.
When heat is combined with other stresses such as hard physical work, loss of fluids, and fatigue may occur. It may lead to heat-related illness, disability and even worse! Dry-Active compliments with other heat stress prevention techniques to help our outdoor working warriors and ensures a more comfortable experience throughout your activity.
You can generate a good amount of sweat by pedalling for 10 miles. On days where you don't want to look like you just came out of a sauna, Dry-Active is your best friend.
Skier and snowboarders
Having fun on the slopes generates different degrees of exertion at different times. Need to hike for 5 minutes to get to that perfect spot? Try sitting on a 15 minute long chairlift in the cold right after. Moisture in your jacket makes you feel colder, faster!
Unless you are on a treadmill or a stationary bike, no single jacket can fully accommodate the varying exertion levels of any given activity. When you are working harder than what your jacket can handle, you need that extra help. With Dry-Active, you can automatically regulate the humidity levels in your jacket, so you feel more comfortable and dry.
Fishing, Hiking, Travel, even riding a scooter during a monsoon :-) ... basically anytime a jacket is required but the activity is causing you to sweat inside. We'd love to hear how you're using Dry-Active.
Images of Initial Working Prototypes
The Dry-Active Team
Piero Ciardi: With 30 years of experience in Mechanical Design, Piero's background includes mechanical design for home appliances, PC's and monitors and includes projects in the railway, radio and radar industries.
Alan Chuang: Alan has over 5 years of product management and planning experience in consumer electronics and holds an engineering degree in electronics. He brings his experience in sourcing and managing contracts with design and manufacturing partners overseas.
Francesco Pasquinelli: Francesco has 30 years of international trading and logistics operations experience.
Why We Need Your Help
- Industrial Design - Improvements on wearability, usability and comfort.
- Software - Enhancements in our App offering
- Certification - Possible approvals for performance situations.
- Manufacturing - We want to make sure your product is as good as the ones we have. A quality product is our priority.
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Risks and challenges
Our goal is to ship your product by June 2017. Should we run into supply chain or certification issues, we will notify our supporters immediately. Although our team is experienced in manufacturing and shipping challenges, the unexpected may still occur. In which case, we promise to keep you informed from the time you place your order to the moment you receive your personal Dry-Active Device.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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