Demand for Smart Clothing for Personal Health Management will Boost Smart and Interactive Textiles Market

Smart and interactive textiles (SMITs) are a new type of textile technology designed and developed to sense and adapt to their environment in a specific manner. They are able to sense magnetic, chemical, electrical, thermal, or other stimuli from the environment and react to them due to the textile structure.

Smart textiles or garments incorporate advanced sensors/actuators for the purpose of processing and communication in various applications such as industrial plants and manufacturing facilities. Smart fabrics and interactive textiles represent the future generation of fabrics. The market for these materials is enormous due to the increasing demand from the transportation, medical, and healthcare industries.

Increasing Research and Development Activities Boost the Use of Wearable Textile-based Personal Systems

Several research and development projects dealing with smart fabrics and interactive textile wearable systems across the globe aim to improve personal health management through validation, integration, and use of smart clothing. In the past decade, the growing number of research and development activities for product and technological innovation in regions such as North America and Europe has created new growth opportunities for the smart and interactive textiles market.

Various research programs initiated in these regions, as well as elsewhere around the world, for the development and launch of wearable textile-based personal systems have offered health monitoring, healthy lifestyle, and protection and safety options in industrial and manufacturing environments. Owing to the rapidly growing research and development programs, the overall market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 14.0% from 2014 to 2020, according to Transparency Market Research.

According to the research, the global demand for smart and interactive textiles stood at US$1.5 bn in 2013 and is expected to reach US$3.8 bn by 2020. 

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Conductive Polymers Play a Vital Role in the Development of SMITs

Conductive polymers as conductive fibers are playing an imperative role in the development of smart and interactive textiles for a broad range of applications. For years, the U.S. military has been the leader in using conductive polymers to develop SMIT technologies and applications for body armor, biochemical hazard protection, artificial muscles, physiological status monitoring, location and embedded communications, and computing. In the near future, SMITs built from conductive polymers are expected to have intelligent built-in features such as computing devices and multifunctional sensors in fabrics. Fabrics or clothing with built-in protection will also offer the wearers some protection against harmful effects of UV radiation, such as skin cancer.

Today, the application of electro-textiles is in its infant stage. However, electro-textiles are projected to have a great impact on the market for protective clothing, medical textiles, and other applications in the fields of sports, military, industrial, and consumer products. 

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The need for smart textiles is rapidly growing for monitoring professional rescuers and fire fighters across developed regions. Although extensive research and development programs have resulted in commercialization of smart textiles for fire fighters, there is still a gap between commercialization and prototype development. This is likely to change in the future due to new business developments and product innovations.


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