FlexTraPower specializes in graphene biometric sensor and platform for the Wearables and Internet of Things industry.

Linh Le is currently a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology where he worked on a novel graphene fabrication technology.

Bon Bouton by FlexTraPower
What is your product? Include the problem you are trying to solve, how you decided to make it and what stage of development it is in.
We want to build an ecosystem of wearable devices by providing a turnkey solution, a.k.a an integrated wearable sensor within smart clothes and an app building kit. Initially, we’re focusing on incorporating our flexible graphene temperature sensor patch into a T-shirt and bra as an example of a connected device. We believe that as the wearables market mature, consumers will demand an open platform where there are large options of products from many different brands. Each user will have a central account where all the quantified self-data gets logged. Users in this generation don’t want to wear the same thing everyday, but they might want sensors which will result in an actionable item in any aspect of their life. We would like to be the company that bridge the gap between non-tech brands and developers to make this happen.
What NYC-based resources (i.e. prototyping facilities, incubators, programs, mentors, other businesses, maker spaces, tools, classes) have you accessed to get to this point? How have they helped you?
Linh received M.S in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in the city of New York before finishing his PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and currently FlexTraPower is incubated at Columbia Startup Lab. The team also participated in Entrepreneurship Lab Bio Health Tech in 2014 and received great training as a first-time entrepreneur. In our early prototyping stage, we are seeking for NYC-firms for help with PCB design and plan to work with PCB.NG and Tomorrow-lab. FlexTraPower also reached out and collaborate with Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator and Manufacture New York to transition from prototyping to production stage.
What are some of the opportunities you’ve taken advantage of as you’ve developed this product in NYC? What have been your biggest challenges?
NYC offered great opportunity to work with different fashion brands of all scale and we started to attract traction from several brands to adopt a new trend of bridging the gaps between nanotechnology and traditional fashion.
What are you hoping to gain from becoming a Next Top Maker? In what specific ways will the program help you achieve your goals?
Accepting to Next Top Maker will help us in several ways to (1) accelerate our prototype development before getting to market and (2) prepare for the production scale. We hope that we will have a chance to be part of the community and contribute a small step in making New York a better place to do business.

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