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Smart Textiles in Apparel: Markets, Applications and Technologies

  • ID: 3920491
  • Report
  • 205 pages
  • Cientifica Ltd
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This new report 'Smart Textiles in Apparel: 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 $100 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 and fashion. Technical textiles, fashion and entertainment will also be significant applications with the total market expected to rise to over $100 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 examines the markets, details the latest advances and their applications.
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  • Heddoko
  • MAS Holdings
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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
- 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


Clothing and Apparel
Nano-Antibacterial Clothing Textiles
-     Silver Nanoparticles
-     Nanosilver Safety Concerns
-     Zinc/Copper/Doped Zinc Oxides
-     UV/Sun/Radiation Protection
-     Hassle-free Clothing: Stain/Oil/Water Repellence, Anti-Static, Anti-Wrinkle
-     Comfort Issues: Perspiration Control, Moisture Management
-     Creative Appearance and Scent for High Street Fashions
-     Anti-Counterfeiting
Current Adopters of Nanotechnology in Clothing/Apparel Textiles

Sports and Wellbeing

1st Generation Technologies
- Under Armour Healthbox Wearables
- Adidas MiCoach
- Sensoria
- EMPA's Long Term Research

2nd Generation Technologies
- Google's Project Jacquard
- Samsung Creative Lab
- Microsoft Collaborations
- Intel Systems on a Chip
- Flex (Formerly Flextronics) and MAS Holdings
- Jiobit
- 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 Incand DoCoMo
- SupaSpot Inc Smart Sensors
- Wearable Experiments and Brand Marketing
- Wearable Life Sciences Antelope
- Textronics NuMetrex

3rd 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 Sensors
- 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
-     Swinburne Graphene Supercapacitors
-     MIT Niobium Nanowire Supercapacitors

Energy Harvesting

-     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
-     Entertainment
-     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


- Hitoe
- Cocomi
- Panasonic Polymer Resin
- Cardiac Monitoring


-     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
- Temperature
    Sefar PowerSens
- Gasses & Chemicals
    Textile Gas Sensors


-     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
Companies/Research Institutes Applying Nanotechnologies to the Textile
Selected Company Profiles

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) 31!
Table 6 Value of nanomaterials by sector 2016-22 ($ Millions)
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)
Figure 4 Internal layout of Fitbit FlexRed 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 'Intimacy White' and 'Intimacy Black' introduced by the Dutch firm Studio Roosegaarde
Figure 26 Functional fashion Levi's using Schoeller's nanosphere technology
Figure 27 The Market for Anti-Bacterial Textiles
Figure 28 How antibacterial 'SmartSilver works
Figure 29 Typical delivery formats of nano silver (from NanoHorizons Inc.)
Figure 30 A fiber coated with silver nanoparticles
Figure 31 BASF Ultramid BS416N® with TiO2 nanoparticles for UV protection
Figure 32 Oil resistance of Inanova®
Figure 33 Klimeo - Microcapsules containing a natural temperature-regulating ingredient are applied in and on the fabric
Figure 34 Karma Chameleon Chenille Strip Prototype - photonic bandgap (PBG) fibers woven on a computer-controlled electronic Jacquard loom
Figure 35 Karma Chameleon Leaf pattern using a white cotton warp, a white cotton weft and a PBG fiber weft to create individual illuminated designs
Figure 36 Products with Nano-Metal Coating Effect, Courtesy of Suzutora
Figure 37 Teijin's Morphotex allows colors without the use of dyes
Figure 38 Donna Sgro's Morphotex dress
Figure 39 Garments treated with metallic nanoparticles from the fashion line, "Glitterati
Figure 40 Clothing designed by Olivia OngThe dress and jacket contain nanoparticles with antibacterial and air-purifying qualities
Figure 41 A scanning electron microscope image showing a cotton fiber with palladium nanoparticle coating
Figure 42 Smart Fabrics Offer Designers New Possibilities in Fashion
Figure 43 Nanotechnology Enabled Clothing/Apparel Textiles Market 2016- 2022
Figure 44 Value of Nanotech Inputs in Clothing Textiles 2012-22
Figure 45 Adidas miCoach Connect Heart Rate Monitor
Figure 46 Sensoria's Hear Rate Monitoring Garments
Figure 47 Flexible components used in Google's Project Jacquard
Figure 48 Google and Levi's Smart Jacket
Figure 49 Embedded electronics Google's Project Jacquard
Figure 50 Samsung's WELT 'smart' belt
Figure 51 Samsung Body Compass at CES16
Figure 52 Lumo Run washable motion sensor
Figure 53 OMSignal's Smart Bra
Figure 54 PoloTech Shirt from Ralph Lauren
Figure 55 Hexoskin Data Acquisition and Processing
Figure 56 Peak+™ Hear Rate Monitoring Garment
Figure 57 StretchSense CEO Ben O'Brien, with a fabric stretch sensor
Figure 58 C3fit Pulse from Goldwin Inc
Figure 59 The Antelope Tank-Top
Figure 60 Sportswear with integrated sensors from Textronix
Figure 61 AdvanPro's pressure sensing insoles
Figure 62 AdvanPro's pressure sensing textile
Figure 63 Tamicare 3D Printing Sensors and Apparel
Figure 64 Smart clothing using stainless steel yarns and textile sensors from AiQ
Figure 65 EHO Smart Sock
Figure 66 BeBop Smart Car Seat Sensor
Figure 67 Non-transparent printed sensors from Fraunhofer ISC
Figure 68 Clim8 Intelligent Heat Regulating Shirt
Figure 69 Temperature regulating smart fabric printed at UC San Diego
Figure 70 Intelligent Textiles Ltd smart uniform
Figure 71 BAE Systems Broadsword Spine
Figure 72 LG Chem cable-shaped lithium-ion battery powers an LED display even when twisted and strained
Figure 73 Supercapacitor yarn made of niobium nanowires
Figure 74 Sphelar Textile
Figure 75 Sphelar Textile Solar Cells
Figure 76 Katy Perry wears Cute Circuit in 2010
Figure 77 Cute Circuit K Dress
Figure 78 MAKEFASHION runway at the Brother's "Back to Business" conference, Nashville 2016
Figure 79 Covestro material with LEDs are positioned on formable films made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
Figure 80 Unseen headpiece, made of 4000 conductive Swarovski stones, changes color to correspond with localized brain activity
Figure 81 Eighthsense a coded couture piece
Figure 82 Durex Fundawear
Figure 83 Printed fabric sensors from the University of Tokyo
Figure 84 Tony Kanaan's shirt with electrically conductive nano-fibers
Figure 85 Panasonic stretchable resin technology
Figure 86 Nanoflex moniroring system
Figure 87 Knitted strain sensors
Figure 88 Chain Mail Fabric for Smart Textiles
Figure 89 Electroplated Fabric
Figure 90 LG Innotek flexible textile pressure sensors
Figure 91 Smart Footwear installed with fabric sensors(Credit: Image courtesy of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Figure 92 SOFTCEPTOR™ textile strain sensors
Figure 93 conductive polymer composite coating for pressure sensing
Figure 94 Fraunhofer ISC_ printed sensor
Figure 95 The graphene-coated yarn sensor(Image: ETRI)
Figure 96 Supercapacitor yarn made of niobium nanowires
Figure 97 StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
Figure 98 Energy harvesting textiles at the University of Southampton
Figure 99 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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