Nolato AB, Torekov, Sweden, is enabling the production of Bluetooth-connected and and sensor-containing jewellery through the Ceramic Injection Moulding of zirconia. The items produced by the company include the Miragii smart pendant, a collection of Bluetooth-connected rings and pendants for technology design studio Vinaya, and a family of wearable sensors for digital health company Cloudtag.
According to Nolato, the use of zirconia has previously been restricted by a very complicated production process. Together with materials suppliers and researchers at Chinese universities, the company states that it has now developed materials that make production easier and allow zirconia to be used in high-volume manufacturing.
Among the items produced using Nolato’s zirconia CIM process, Vinaya’s necklace connects to the wearer’s smartphone and vibrates when a call or message is received. This allows the wearer to keep their phone out of sight without missing important communications.
Cloudtag’s wearable sensors continually measure a range of health indicators in users and transfer them wirelessly to a smartphone. The material’s properties mean the sensors can be worn on the body at all times without harm to the skin or health.
Nolato executes a full prototyping process flow with its customers. This allows the company to work with its customers in the early project phase, anticipate technical and process parameters for mass production, and quantify and eliminate quality risks.