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Smart textiles and clothing: opportunities for providing comfort, functionality and insight into consumer behaviour and lifestyles

Smart textiles and clothing: opportunities for providing comfort, functionality and insight into consumer behaviour and lifestyles

Significant developments have been made in the commercialisation of wearable technologies such as fitness trackers and smart watches, and such developments have spurred innovation in smart textiles and clothing. Several innovators have developed smart textile and clothing products for sports and fitness applications, and there is strong interest in smart textiles and clothing for health care and workwear applications—particularly as such products have the potential to transform patient care and improve safety and efficiency in the workplace. Smart textiles and clothing also provide a means of conveniently gathering huge amounts of data about consumers—which can provide brands and retailers with invaluable insight into the lifestyles of consumers and the ways in which products are used after the point of sale. However, some technical issues have yet to be addressed. Key challenges facing the industry include the complexity of manufacturing smart textile and clothing products, and the need for small and extremely efficient power sources. This report provides a wealth of information on recent innovations in smart textiles and clothing. Furthermore, it examines: components and materials used in the manufacture of smart textiles and clothing; the market for smart textiles and clothing; applications for smart textiles and clothing; the industry's key players; and opportunities and challenges—with particular reference to legislation and standards and environmental sustainability.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • DEVELOPMENT OF SMART TEXTILES AND CLOTHING
  • COMPONENTS AND MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF SMART TEXTILES AND CLOTHING
    • ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE FIBRES AND YARNS
    • ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS AND INKS
    • SENSORS AND ACTUATORS
      • Sensors
      • Actuators
    • ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS
      • Microcontrollers and microprocessors
      • Power sources
  • MARKET FOR SMART TEXTILES AND CLOTHING
    • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
    • VALUE OF THE MARKET
  • APPLICATIONS FOR SMART TEXTILES AND CLOTHING
  • KEY PLAYERS, SMALLER COMPANIES AND COLLABORATION
    • SMALLER COMPANIES AND THE ROLE OF VENTURE CAPITALISTS
  • OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
    • OPPORTUNITIES
      • New revenue streams and consumer engagement
    • Consumer insight and product testing
      • Open systems
    • CHALLENGES
      • Environmental sustainability
      • Legislation and standards
      • Impact of product complexity on design, development and manufacture
      • Data collection and security
  • INNOVATIONS IN SMART TEXTILES AND CLOTHING
    • AIQ: AIQ MOTION AND BIOMAN+
    • BELGINOVA, EMPA, KJUS, OSMOTEX AND SCHOELLER TEXTIL: HYDRO_BOT
    • BONBOUTON: GRAPHENE OXIDE THERMAL SENSORS AND SENSORS FOR MONITORING BREATHING RATES
    • CARRÉ TECHNOLOGIES (HEXOSKIN): BIO-MONITOR SYSTEM AND ASTROSKIN
    • CLIM8: CLIM8
    • EDEMA: EDEMA STOCKING
    • EMPA: PHOTONIC TEXTILES FOR THE TREATMENT OF NEWBORN BABIES WHO SUFFER FROM JAUNDICE
    • FAR EASTERN NEW CENTURY (FENC): DYNAFEED
    • FHOSS TECHNOLOGY: ILLUMINATED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
    • FOOTFALLS & HEARTBEATS: SMART TEXTILE SENSORS
    • LIFESENSE GROUP: CARIN AND WIL SMART UNDERWEAR FOR INCONTINENCE MONITORING
      • Carin system
      • Wil system
    • MINISTRY OF SUPPLY: MERCURY INTELLIGENT HEATED JACKET
    • MYANT: SKIIN
    • PROGLOVE: MARK
    • SENSORIA: SENSORIA FITNESS APPAREL, SOCKS AND SHOES
    • SERVIER: CARDIOSKIN T-SHIRT
    • STRETCHSENSE: STRETCH SENSORS AND SMART GARMENTS
    • SUPASPOT: SUPA
    • TEIJIN LIMITED: SMART FIREFIGHTERS' APPAREL
    • VOLT SMART YARNS: VOLT SMART YARNS
    • WEARABLE X: NADI X YOGA LEGGINGS
  • OUTLOOK

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