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Smart Textiles and Wearables: Markets, Applications and Technologies

  • ID: 3844987
  • Report
  • 142 pages
  • Cientifica Ltd
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  • Adidas
  • Cintas
  • Heddoko
  • MAS Holdings
  • Schiller AG,
  • Swarovski
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Smart Textiles and Wearables: Markets, Applications and Technologies examines the markets for textile based wearable technologies, the companies producing them and the enabling technologies. This is creating a 4th industrial revolution for the textiles and fashion industry worth over $130 billion by 2025.

Advances in fields such as nanotechnology, organic electronics (also known as plastic electronics) and conducting polymers are creating a range of textile–based technologies with the ability to sense and react to the world around them.  This includes monitoring biometric data such as heart rate, the environmental factors such as temperature and The presence of toxic gases producing real time feedback in the form of electrical stimuli, haptic feedback or changes in color.

The report identifies three distinct generations of textile wearable technologies.

First generation is where a sensor is attached to apparel and is the approach currently taken by major sportswear brands such as Adidas, Nike and Under Armour
Second generation products embed the sensor in the garment as demonstrated by products from Samsung, Alphabet, Ralph Lauren and Flex.
In third generation wearables the garment is the sensor and a growing number of companies including AdvanPro, Tamicare and BeBop sensors are making rapid progress in creating pressure, strain and temperature sensors.

Third generation wearables represent a significant opportunity for new and established textile companies to add significant value without having to directly compete with Apple, Samsung and Intel.

The report predicts that the key growth areas will be initially sports and wellbeing

followed by medical applications for patient monitoring. Technical textiles, fashion and entertainment will also be significant applications with the total market expected to rise to over $130 billion by 2025 with triple digit compound annual growth rates across many applications.

The rise of textile wearables also represents a significant opportunity for manufacturers of the advanced materials used in their manufacture. Toray, Panasonic, Covestro, DuPont and Toyobo are already suppling the necessary materials, while researchers are creating sensing and energy storage technologies, from flexible batteries to graphene supercapacitors which will power tomorrows wearables. The report details the latest advances and their applications.

This report is based on an extensive research study of the wearables and smart textile markets backed with over a decade of experience in identifying, predicting and sizing markets for nanotechnologies and smart textiles. Detailed market figures are given from 2016-2025, along with an analysis of the key opportunities, and illustrated with 139 figures and 6 tables.
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  • Adidas
  • Cintas
  • Heddoko
  • MAS Holdings
  • Schiller AG,
  • Swarovski
  • MORE

How to Use This Report
Wearable Technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution
The Evolution of Wearable Technologies
Defining Smart Textiles
Factors Affecting The Adoption of Smart Textiles for Wearables
- Cost
- Accuracy
- On Shoring
- Power management
- Security and Privacy


Total Market Growth and CAGR
- Market Growth By Application
Adding Value To Textiles Through Technology
How Nanomaterials Add Functionality and Value
Business Models


Sports and Wellbeing
- 1st Generation Technologies
- Under Armour Healthbox Wearables
- 2nd Generation Technologies
Under Armour Healthbox Wearables
Adidas MiCoach
EMPA’s Long Term Research
Generation Technologies
Google's Project Jacquard
Samsung Creative Lab
Microsoft Collaborations
Intel Systems on a Chip
- 3rd Generation Technologies
Flex (Formerly Flextronics) and MAS Holdings
Asensei Personal Trainer
OmSignal Smart Clothing
Ralph Lauren PoloTech
Hexoskin Performance Management
Jabil Circuit Textile Heart Monitoring
Stretch Sense Sensors
NTT Data and Toray
Goldwin Inc and DoCoMo
SupaSpot Inc Smart Sensors
Wearable Experiments and Brand Marketing
Wearable Life Sciences Antelope
Textronics NuMetrex
Generation Technologies
AdvanPro Pressure Sensing Shoes
Tamicare 3D printed Wearables with Integrated Sensors  
AiQ Smart Clothing Stainless Steel Yarns
Flex Printed Inks And Conductive Yarns
Sensing Tech Conductive Inks
EHO Textiles Body Motion Monitoring
Bebop Sensors Washable E-Ink Sensors
Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research Piezolectric Polymer
CLIM8 GEAR Heated Textiles
VTT Smart Clothing Human Thermal Model
ATTACH (Adaptive Textiles Technology with Active Cooling and Heating)

Energy Storage and Generation

- Intelligent Textiles Military Uniforms
- BAE Systems Broadsword Spine
- Stretchable Batteries
- LG Chem Cable Batteries
- Supercapacitors
Swinburne Graphene Supercapacitors
MIT Niobium Nanowire Supercapacitors

Energy Harvesting

- Kinetic
StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
NASA Environmental Sensing Fibers

- Powertextiles
- Sphelar Power Corp Solar Textiles
- Ohmatex and Powerweave

- 1st Generation Technologies
Cute Circuit LED Couture
- 2nd Generation Technologies
Covestro Luminous Clothing
- 3rd Generation Technologies
The Unseen Temperature Sensitive Dyes
- Wearable Experiments Marketing

Key Technologies

- Conductive Inks for Fabrics
Conductive Ink For Printing On Stretchable Fabrics
Creative Materials Conductive Inks And Adhesives
Dupont Stretchable Electronic Inks
Aluminium Inks From Alink Co
- Conductive Fibres
Circuitex Silver Coated Nylon
Textronics Yarns and Fibres
Novonic Elastic Conductive Yarn
Copper Coated Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Fibres
- Printed electronics
Covestro TPU Films for Flexible Circuits
- Electrical
Panasonic Polymer Resin
Cardiac Monitoring
- Mechanical
Textile-Based Weft Knitted Strain Sensors
Chain Mail Fabric for Smart Textiles
Nano-Treatment for Conductive Fiber/Sensors
Piezoceramic materials
Graphene-Based Woven Fabric
Pressure Sensing
LG Innotek Flexible Textile Pressure Sensors
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Pressure Sensing Fibers
Conductive Polymer Composite Coatings
Printed Textile Sensors To Track Movement
- Photochromic Textiles
- Sefar PowerSens
Gasses & Chemicals
- Textile Gas Sensors
- Storage
Graphene Supercapacitors
Niobium Nanowire Supercapacitors
Stretchy supercapacitors
- Energy Generation
StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
Piezoelectric Or Thermoelectric Coated Fibres
- Light Emitting
University of Manchester Electroluminescent Inks and Yarns
Polyera Wove

Companies Mentioned

List    of    Tables    
Table 1 CAGR by application
Table 2 Value of market by application 2016-25 (millions USD)
Table 3 % market share by application
Table 4 CAGR 2016-25 by application
Table 5 Technology-Enabled Market Growth in Textile by Sector (2016-22)
Table 6 Value of nanomaterials by sector 2016-22 ($ Millions)

List    of    Figures    
Figure 1 The 4th Industrial Revolution (World Economic Forum)
Figure 2 Block Diagram of typical MEMS digital output motion sensor: ultra low-power high performance 3-axis “femto” accelerometer used in fitness tracking devices
Figure 3 Interior of Fitbit Flex device (from iFixit)  11    
Figure 4 Internal layout of Fitbit Flex Red is the main CPU, orange is the BTLE chip, blue is a charger, yellow is the accelerometer (from iFixit)
Figure 5 Intel’s Curie processor stretches the definition of 'wearable'
Figure 6 Typical Textile Based Wearable System Components
Figure 7 The Chromat Aeros Sports Bra "powered by Intel, inspired by wind, air and flight"
Figure 8 The Evolution of Smart textiles
Figure 9 Goldwin's C2fit IN-pulse sportswear using Toray's Hitoe
Figure 10 Sensoglove reads grip pressure for golfers
Figure 11 Textile Based Wearables Growth 2016-25(USD Millions)
Figure 12 Total market for textile based wearables 2016-25 (USD Millions)
Figure 13 Health and Sports Market Size 2016-20 (USD Millions)
Figure 14 Health and Sports Market Size 2016-25 (USD Millions)
Figure 15 Critical steps for obtaining FDA medical device approval
Figure 16 Market split between wellbeing and medical 2016-25
Figure 17 Current World Textile Market by Sector (2016)
Figure 18 The Global Textile Market By Sector ($ Millions)
Figure 19 Compound Annual Growth Rates (CAGR) by Sector (2016-25)
Figure 20 The Global Textile Market in 2022
Figure 21 The Global Textile Market in 2025
Figure 22 Textile Market Evolution (2012-2025)
Figure 23 Total Value of Nanomaterials in Textiles 2012-2022 ($ Millions)
Figure 24 Value of Nanomaterials in Textiles by Sector 2016-2025 ($ Millions)
Figure 25 Adidas miCoach Connect Heart Rate Monitor
Figure 26 Sensoria's Hear Rate Monitoring Garments
Figure 27 Flexible components used in Google's Project Jacquard
Figure 28 Google and Levi's Smart Jacket
Figure 29 Embedded electronics Google's Project Jacquard
Figure 30 Samsung's WELT 'smart' belt
Figure 31 Samsung Body Compass at CES16
Figure 32 Lumo Run washable motion sensor
Figure 33 OMSignal's Smart Bra
Figure 34 PoloTech Shirt from Ralph Lauren
Figure 35 Hexoskin Data Acquisition and Processing
Figure 36 Peak+™ Hear Rate Monitoring Garment
Figure 37 StretchSense CEO Ben O’Brien, with a fabric stretch sensor
Figure 38 C3fit Pulse from Goldwin Inc
Figure 39 The Antelope Tank-Top
Figure 40 Sportswear with integrated sensors from Textronix
Figure 41 AdvanPro's pressure sensing insoles
Figure 42 AdvanPro's pressure sensing textile
Figure 43 Tamicare 3D Printing Sensors and Apparel
Figure 44 Smart clothing using stainless steel yarns and textile sensors from AiQ
Figure 45 EHO Smart Sock
Figure 46 BeBop Smart Car Seat Sensor
Figure 47 Non-transparent printed sensors from Fraunhofer ISC
Figure 48 Clim8 Intelligent Heat Regulating Shirt
Figure 49 Temperature regulating smart fabric printed at UC San Diego
Figure 50 Intelligent Textiles Ltd smart uniform
Figure 51 BAE Systems Broadsword Spine
Figure 52 LG Chem cable-shaped lithium-ion battery powers an LED display even when twisted and strained
Figure 53 Supercapacitor yarn made of niobium nanowires
Figure 54 Sphelar Textile
Figure 55 Sphelar Textile Solar Cells
Figure 56 Katy Perry wears Cute Circuit in 2010
Figure 57 Cute Circuit K Dress     
Figure 58 MAKEFASHION runway at the Brother’s “Back to Business” conference, Nashville 2016
Figure 59 Covestro material with LEDs are positioned on formable films made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
Figure 60 Unseen headpiece, made of 4000 conductive Swarovski stones, changes color to correspond with localized brain activity
Figure 61 Eighthsense a coded couture piece
Figure 62 Durex Fundawear
Figure 63 Printed fabric sensors from the University of Tokyo
Figure 64 Tony Kanaan's shirt with electrically conductive nano-fibers
Figure 65 Panasonic stretchable resin technology
Figure 66 Nanoflex moniroring system
Figure 67 Knitted strain sensors
Figure 68 Chain Mail Fabric for Smart Textiles
Figure 69 Electroplated Fabric
Figure 70 LG Innotek flexible textile pressure sensors
Figure 71 Smart Footwear installed with fabric sensors (Credit: Image courtesy of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Figure 72 SOFTCEPTOR™ textile strain sensors
Figure 73 conductive polymer composite coating for pressure sensing
Figure 74 Fraunhofer ISC_ printed sensor
Figure 75 The graphene-coated yarn sensor (Image: ETRI)
Figure 76 Supercapacitor yarn made of niobium nanowires
Figure 77 StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
Figure 78 Energy harvesting textiles at the University of Southampton
Figure 79 Polyera Wove Flexible Screen
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- Adidas   
- AdvanPro Limited
- AIQ   
- Alink Co., Ltd
- Alphabet   
- Analog Devices
- Athos   
- Baar   
- BAE Systems
- Barclays   
- BeBop Sensors
- Bischoff Textil AG,
- Bonar Technical Fabrics NV,
- Borgstena Group
- Chromat   
- Cintas   
- Clothing+   
- Covestra   
- Creative Materials
- Cute Circuit   
- Cyanine Technologies srl,
- DuPont   
- Durex   
- EHO Textiles
- Endomondo,
- ETH Zurich, Wearable Computing Lab;
- Flex   
- Forster Rohner
- Foster Rohner
- Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research
- Goldwin Inc.
- Google   
- Heddoko   
- Huenenberg;
- IMEC   
- Intel   
- Intelligent Textiles Ltd
- JabilCircuit    
- King's Metal Fiber Technologies
- Konarka   
- Levi's   
- LG Chem   
- LG Innotek   
- Lindstrand Technologies,
- Lumo Bodytech
- Lyle & Scott   
- Makefashion
- MapMyRun   
- MAS Holdings
- Medical Engineering Lab;
- Microsoft   
- Noble Biomaterials Inc
- Novonic   
- NTB Buchs,    
- NTT Corporation
- Odlo International AG,
- Ohmatex   
- Panasonic   
- Peerless Plastics & Coatings Ltd,
- PLUX   
- PolarBeat    
- Polyera   
- Powertextiles Limited
- Ralph Lauren
- Schiller AG,    
- Sefar AG,   
- Sensing Tech S.L.
- Sensoglove   
- Sensoria   
- Serge Ferrari SA,
- Sphelar Power
- St. Gallen   
- StartToday   
- Steinhausen   
- Strava,    
- Strela Development AG,
- StretchSense
- SUPA   
- SupaSpot Inc
- Swarovski   
- Swiss Textile School STF,
- Tamicare   
- Tex Ray Group
- Textronics   
- The Unseen   
- Toray Industries
- Toyobo Co Ltd
- TWI   
- Umicore Materials AG
- Unaxis Balzers AG
- Under Armour
- Unico Swiss Tex GmbH
- VDS Weaving NV.
- VTT Research Centre Finland
- W. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG
- Wearable Experiments
- Wearable Life Sciences
- Xotox    
- Zietromec   
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