MC10 Redefining Wearable, Internal & Embedded Sensors with patented “Stretchable Electronics” & Nanotechnology

We’re MC10. It’s our mission to extend human capabilities by making high-performance electronics virtually invisible, conformal, and wearable. We reshape rigid, conventional electronics into thin, flexible devices that can stretch, bend and twist seamlessly with our bodies and the natural world. And we’re making them affordable for the everyday consumer.


We’re proud to be pioneering technology that will protect our troops, treat heart arrhythmias, monitor a sleeping baby’s temperature and maybe one day prevent brain seizures. With the right partnership, there’s no stopping this technology.


Our Story

In 2008, founder Professor John Rogers of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign came up with something that would change our lives – stretchable circuits. We’ve taken Rogers’ brilliant stretchable electronics platform out of the lab and into commercial product development with best-in-class partners who share our vision for extending human capabilities and pushing the status quo.

We’re developing revolutionary products that transform the way we think about electronics and their interaction with the human body and we’re building the best team of innovators, builders, and problem solvers to make that happen. MC10 is a private company, and is not publicly traded.

Our Goal

To redefine the interface between electronics and the human body. In other words – make humans more superhuman.



Technology and knowledge play a huge part on the battlefield. By integrating our invisible electronics into military gear in a way that doesn’t add to our troops’ already heavy load, we’re maximizing performance and minimizing risk. We’ve made it possible to wirelessly monitor a soldier’s hydration, temperature and other indicators from a remote desert or a submerged submarine. Let’s just say we wouldn’t want to be the other guys.



We’ve joined forces with the U.S. Army to transform renewable energy. Flexible solar energy harvesters in rucksacks, helmets and other gear, give soldiers discreet, renewable power where there was none. Best of all solar harvesting fabrics are lightweight and stretchable – which can make all the difference in combat.

Off the battlefield, we’re developing endless personal power possibilities. Imagine a stretchable solar cell on a wearable UV patch, that uses the sun’s rays to power the patch. Or power harvesting fabric – think on your cap, or jacket – that relays power to all of the electronic devices that you’re wearing or carrying.  It’s recycled wearable energy – courtesy of our sensors and a little thing called the sun.


The Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ was selected for the coveted Red Dot quality seal.

Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ is a groundbreaking sports activity impact indicator designed for athletes of all ages and skill-levels and can be used in all helmeted and non-helmeted contact sports and activities. CHECKLIGHT™ uses multiple motion sensors to provide actionable impact data that helps identify athletes for assessment before continuing to play*.  An easy-to-read display of red and yellow lights indicate the level of impact.  The Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ is the first impact indicator that comfortably fits wearable electronics directly on the athlete, not on the athlete’s protective equipment.

The Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ brings together Reebok’s deep expertise in creating functional and innovative sports and fitness performance products with state-of-the-art conformal electronics developed by Cambridge, MA electronics company MC10. The flexible electronics are embedded into a closely fitting skullcap that accurately measure linear and rotational accelerations in real-time and help ensure that the product is comfortable and non-distracting to the athlete. 

“The 40 experts assessed the quality of the entries with the utmost care and attention,” said Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Initiator and CEO of Red Dot, about the decision process for the Red Dot Award. “Due to their backgrounds, they also assessed the special cultural aspects of the designs from 53 countries. But only the best products receive an award from the jury. This is especially reflected in the percentage of successful entries in the Red Dot Award, which is much smaller in contrast to other international design competitions. Therefore, the winners can be proud of their achievements – with their entries, they stood out from the rest and were able to pass the test in front of the critical eyes of the experts. This success will be perceptible during the Red Dot Gala, when the laureates will receive the recognition of the international audience.”


On July 7th, 2014, the honorees of the internationally renowned product competition will be celebrated in Essen, Germany including the presentation of the acclaimed Red Dot during the traditional Red Dot Gala and subsequent Designers’ Night. That evening, approximately 1,200 guests from around the world will gather in Essen for the awards ceremony. During the ceremony, at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, the winners’ exhibition will be opened, presenting the award-winning Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ to a wide audience for four weeks before it enters the museum’s permanent exhibition.

“At Reebok, we are dedicated to bringing innovations to the market that will help people be fit for life,” said Paul Litchfield, Reebok’s Head of Advanced Concepts. “The CHECKLIGHT™ is a great example of this. More and more, people are beginning to understand the long-term ramifications of head injuries and it is our hope that we can help more people participate in, compete in and enjoy whatever fitness activity they choose – and do so for a long time.”


“We are passionate about raising the bar when it comes to making technology truly wearable” said Isaiah Kacyvenski, 8-year NFL veteran and Head of Sports at MC10. “The Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ is an excellent example of how our ultra-thin technology platform allows brands like Reebok to create innovative solutions to real-world problems in elegantly designed and wearable packages. We are excited that MC10’s first commercial product has been recognized as a Red Dot Award Winner.”

The Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ is the first consumer electronics product launched by Reebok as part of an advanced research and development initiative to introduce wearable fitness technologies that will help people reach their fitness goals and stretch the limits of the fitness industry through technology.

In addition to this honor, the Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ was also named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree and“Best Consumer Product” at the 2014 Wearable Conference and Expo London. In addition, MC10 was awarded 2014 Flexi Innovation Award for the Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ from FlexTech Alliance.

By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer 
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