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From costumes to wearables, mapping your “smart clothes” journey

It wasn’t long ago that “smart / casual” was just the dress code at the bottom of the party invitation. But from a technology perspective, the smartware we know today has made great strides in a relatively short amount of time. It’s no wonder that smartwatches and wristbands have become everyday accessories. Shipments of smartwatches are expected to reach 100 million units in 2021 alone.

Of course, in applied science, progress was a natural flow of innovation, and fitness and well-being were the most important factors in the rapid growth of smart devices. However, with advances in garment technology, we are currently considering a much wider range of features. From biometric shirts and contactless payment jackets to diagnostic socks and UV warning swimwear.

Research on the combination of textiles and artificial intelligence has been underway for some time, but it is relatively recent that we have the knowledge and materials to put it into practice. Textile and sensor integration is now more efficient and affordable, and the development of conductive threads could transform the fashion industry.

Some of the world’s largest designer brands have their own smartwear. High Street definitely has its benefits, but some brands will argue that they aren’t harnessing the true potential of smartwear. But consumer demand is often the driving force for creation and invention on a wider scale.

Many of today’s smart clothing use connections to other devices to collect and analyze data, but some are self-contained and react independently without the need to “report.” This intelligent wardrobe includes a self-adjusting thermal shirt and muscle relaxant to help you set the scene for the future.

Personal comfort and convenience have always been part of the appeal of smartwear, but technology and its industrial, medical and military applications are most likely to dominate its direction. The global smart fabric market appears to grow exponentially as it grows from its current estimate of $ 3.6 billion to $ 11.4 billion by 2027.

Armies around the world are adopting and adapting smart clothing as combat-ready uniforms that give them a clear advantage over their enemies. Uniformed sensors can also monitor heart and breathing speed, muscle data, and body temperature to measure soldier health and identify wounds. In modern warfare, it also acts as an immediate detector for radiation, chemicals, viruses and bacteria. It may not be a daily concern for most of us, but it is becoming essential to the next generation for national defense.

Smart clothing is also receiving a lot of attention in terms of protection, medical diagnosis, and support for recovery. From hats and socks that monitor your baby’s oxygen intake to bionic clothing that uses algorithms for people with movement disorders, the era of digital clothing continues.

Meanwhile, the latest foray into the smart “wearing” sector was announced at the company’s annual two-day technical event, Inno Day 2021. I’ve seen technology make and receive phone calls, send messages through the sleeves of shirts, and check the temperature on a watch. Smart connectivity extends to the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, and the homes we live in. The original James Bond laser cufflinks may have been a high-tech weapon at the time, but he wouldn’t have been able to go for it. At smart / casual parties, pull the bow tie to dim the lights.

Tarek Zaki is OPPOMEA’s Senior Product Manager.

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