Technology Innovations in Smart Fabrics
Radical development of electronics and wireless technologies has accentuated the growth of new smart fabric products. Consumer demand for timesaving smart fabrics also fuels product innovation. If smart fabric manufacturers overcome existing business challenges, the market has the potential to grow to $2 billion by 2018.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Uptrend in Electronics and Wireless Industry
Fuels Innovations in Smart Fabrics
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Technology Innovations in Smart Fabric
The Full Analysis Features the Following Content
Section Slide Numbers
Executive Summary 3
Technology and Industry Overview 7
Stakeholder’s Analysis 19
Global Trends 25
Impact Analysis 31
Competitive Landscape 36
AHP Roadmap 41
Analyst Insight 48
Key Patents 49
Key Contacts 53
The Frost & Sullivan Story 55
Research Scope and Objective
According to statistics, the smart fabrics market is expected to generate approximately $2 billion by 2018.
At present, the market consists of smart wearable technologies that can be customized to fit a host of
demanding sectors. The drastic development of the electronics and wireless industries has accentuated
market growth. Market trends incline toward the rising interest of consumers and potential stakeholders
by 2018. Sub-segments of smart fabrics, which would be under the spotlight include digital fabrics, baby-
sensors, smart-lingerie, energy harvesters, and nano-based sensors and communications electronics.
The research service is a critical illustrative study of the smart fabrics market.
Briefly, this research service provides:
• A snapshot of current smart fabrics technologies and their capabilities.
• Market impact assessment and analysis of recent innovations.
• A detailed analysis of technology and business accelerators and challenges in smart fabrics.
• An assessment of technology adoption with respect to the global hotspots.
• An evaluation of emerging opportunities and the patent landscape.
• An analytical hierarchy process (AHP)-based evaluation that helps finalize the top three market sectors
for smart fabrics in the next three to five years.
• Some key patents that provide an insight into notable activities of global participants.
• A detailed list of contacts in the field.
Technical Insights–Research Process and Methodology
Outcome: Forecast Future of
Technology, Market Adoption
and Potential Application
• Technology Journals
• Market Research
• Technology Policy
• Internal Databases
• Thought Leader
• Technical Architects
• Research Heads
• Technology Policy Heads
Potential and Needs
• Architecture: Flexible shape and functional flexibility are two main
reasons for smart fabrics to have found immense success in the field of
• Transportation: 14% of the total smart fabrics market is taken by
transportation sectors. With the rise in the population of the world,
various new transportation strategies are being devised.
• Sports & Fitness: Heart rate and muscle rate monitors have found good
market density. The most state-of-the-art smart fabric solutions are
available for sports fitness in the form of shorts, innerwear, and lingerie.
For value addition, a range for infants has been added. It is the biggest
market for smart fabrics.
• Protection & Military: Motion trackers and position followers have
dominated the smart fabrics market. This market has the third highest
• Healthcare: The healthcare sector is a nascent market. Smart fabrics for
medical devices, machines and monitors are being developed. Many are
available in the market though the costs are still high.
• Fashion & Entertainment: This market has the second highest adoption
rate. Most products are inclined toward wet fabrics and smart glasses.
Smart Fabrics in the rings and necklaces form factors offer an appealing
appearance and innovative functionality; they are thus popular among
Fabric Classification: Application Sectors
The strong adoption of smart fabrics will lead to huge growth in the field of sports and fitness by 2016. Other lucrative
application sectors include fashion & entertainment as well as protection and military. More innovations and newer products
are expected in all these areas. Other sectors will witness steady innovations and gradual growth.
Metallic yarns connected with mini computers are knitted to create conductive
fabrics. The circuits are bonded together to ensure tightness and flexibility
of fabrics. These are then further processed to fabricate the fabric modules, which are
utilized in electronic devices. Mini-computers are among the finest and smartest
components ever introduced for smart fabrics. The price of such products is still very
high, but this has not prevented market adoption.
Digital circuits are interconnected with metallic yarns to fabricate e-textiles or electronic
textiles. These circuits are digitally made in association with sensors to help detect and
monitor health related facilities in sports and fitness textiles. Such circuits are utilized in
smart glasses to help sensors perform accurately. The circuits are small and widely
used in the electronics industry as they are comfortable for all types of users including
infants. As such, smart fabrics when used with appropriate design is a boon.
Weaving metallic yarns to make conductive fabrics has become a smart way to create
various types of smart fabrics. The metallic yarns act as basic yarns, which are used for
making normal fabrics. Basically, materials such as copper are used to create the yarns,
which at present control the cost of manufacture. The yarns make the textile
conducive to electronic impulses, which are used to detect bodily activities or
control phones and i-pads.
In most smart clothing such as fitness shorts, tracks, and bras, sensors are present. These
sensor components can track and monitor motion functions, cardiac conditions,
pulse rate, muscle conditions, and a host of other health-related factors. These sensors
are lightweight and cause no discomfort to the wearer. These sensors have most
concentration in Europe. Example: pressure sensor, light sensor.
Smart Fabrics: Components
COMPONENTS SMART WEARABLE DESCRIPTION
Smart fabrics are used in various application sectors and each sector has individual components. A large number of components are used to
make smart fabrics. Some of the basic components used have been listed here.
3D Printed Technologies
Smart fabrics can be conceptualized quite simply. They can be classified as follows:
Wearable Technologies: This is by far the most mature section of smart textiles. Technologies, which incorporate the assembly of electronics
into textiles by weaving the conductive metallic yarns have resulted in the most advanced variety of smart textiles. Some types would be
personal protective equipment, wrist devices (such as electronic watches), and so on.
Digital Healthcare include smart textiles in health monitors, baby boomers and healthcare devices such as electromyographs.
Smart Lighting involves more of electronics. Examples include products with flexible displays.
3D printing is in a very nascent stage of adopting smart fabrics. At present, research projects are conducted in this field. An example would
be printed electronic sensors in textiles.
Smart Fabrics: Comparative Analysis
BloodShot Ictus developed
by Catapult UK
XOS 2 exoskeleton developed by
Muskin developed by Grado Zero
Nitro Interference Pants by
Twitter Dress developed by
Exmobaby developed by
Mbody developed by Myontec Oy
ORA Smartglass by
Alert Shirt developed by Wearable
End-User Demands and Available Capabilities
Evaluation of Opportunities for Emerging Data Storage
AHP Tree: Evaluation of Technologies for Bio-Adhesives
Evaluation of Opportunities for Emerging Data StorageEvaluation of Smart Fabrics
R&D Aspects Technology Capability
Transportation PPE Sports & Fitness
Partnerships & Alliances
Mergers & Acquisitions
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