Smart textiles, or e-textiles, feature integration of textiles with conductive fibers as well as electronic elements such as sensors and microcontrollers. Applications for these textiles are being considered for a range of industries including automotive, aerospace, interior design, medical and general apparel. In regard to wearables, a considerable amount of research attention has been placed on smart clothing for fitness, biomedical and safety as apparel sensors can be used for electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), and electrocardiography (ECG). Further, when a thermocouple is incorporated, the apparel can be used for sensing temperature, and the incorporation of carbon electrodes may allow for detection of oxygen, saline, moisture, or contaminants. Heating and cooling systems developed for space exploration and deep sea diving have also been applied, primarily in prototype garments with limited commercial release.
This topical report provides qualitative market insight to the state of the current smart clothing market and highlights what is expected in the future. The report includes relevant data for revenues and unit shipments of smart clothing, along with defining what product types are included in the analysis.
Principal Analyst, Medical Technology
Shane Walker focuses primarily on medical devices and healthcare I.T. His current medical technology coverage areas include software and storage related to patient management and care coordination, virtual care provision, and emerging technologies being developed for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.