Wearable technology – smart clothing
After smart watches, head-mounted displays, and fitness activity trackers, smart clothing is the next wearable technologies to look out for.
Smart clothing can be defined as any wearable textile which incorporates modern technology, giving the wearer benefits such as connectivity to activity monitoring and apps. Smart clothing uses electronic fabrics which allow digital components such as batteries, sensors, and lighting to be embedded in them.
Around 4.12 million units of smart clothing were shipped worldwide in 2017. As more companies are currently trying to develop the concept of smart clothing, this number is predicted to increase up to 19 million units by 2022.
Why is this interesting?
Currently, smart clothing products are mostly intended for sports and personal well-being. However, applications for everyday fashion or everyday convenience are yet to be fully explored. For instance, we can browse the internet and easily find smart yoga pants and smart fitness shirts, but it is not as easy to find clothes that can pay for our meals or adjust temperatures when worn.
Furthermore, as other new innovations, there are still other factors which would determine consumers’ readiness to adopt smart clothing. We monitor all future opportunities for your brand and help you build roadmaps to take full advantage.
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