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Smart and interactive textiles
published in Issue 13, 2nd Quarter 2005
In 20 years' time clothes made from smart and interactive textiles which can think for themselves may be commonplace. Such textiles have integrated technology or have new functions or capabilities. Some of the key methods which are being used and developed for smart textiles in performance apparel are wearable electronics, nanotechnology, phase change materials, and shape memory materials.
Applications range from the highly complex life support systems to the convenient or fun, and from life saving military uniforms to stain resistance or entertainment on the go.
Currently, the market for smart and interactive textiles is in its infancy. According to the US technology market research and strategy consulting firm Venture Development Corporation (VDC), it was worth about US$340 mn in 2004. At present, many products are being launched in search of a market. The main areas of focus for smart and interactive textiles are the military, healthcare, and performance sportswear. Within the next few years, however, rapid growth within these sectors is likely to double the size of the overall market for smart and interactive textiles.
A large proportion of the funding for research and development comes from governments in Europe, Asia and notably the USA. Much of the US government funding is being ploughed into developing a military uniform capable of looking after the wearer and the uniform itself. But developments in this field also have commercial uses in other sectors such as medical and sportswear.
Numerous companies from a diverse range of backgrounds—such as communications, textiles and science—are vying for attention in this market. Their future success hinges on effective collaboration between professionals from a wide range of disciplines.
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