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Clothing that could be plausibly called “smart” has been available for years. But it is only recently that this product category has shifted out of the niche status and many expect it will become a significant revenue generator for firms at all levels of the clothing supply chain; from materials suppliers to retailers.One key reason for this is that powerful new sensor and smart materials technology is becoming commercially available that provides for a seamless integration between aesthetically pleasing clothing materials and electronic devices. A new technological discipline – fibertronics – has emerged that is intended to make this integration even tighter. Meanwhile, new smart materials are emerging that make it possible for clothing to sense heat, touch, biological phenomena, etc.This report focuses on the opportunities in the smart clothing space that are available to suppliers of sensors and smart materials; the two critical enabling technologies for smart clothing. The report begins by examining the relevant developments in these product categories as they pertain to smart clothing including the latest research trends. It then continues by examining where the money will be made for suppliers of materials, sensors and other components in a number of smart clothing markets and industry sectors.This report includes eight-year forecasts of relevant component and material shipments both in volume and value terms, with breakouts by type of materials/components and application sector. We also examine the product/market and technology strategies of firms that we believe will shape the smart clothing materials and components space as it evolves.
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Executive SummaryE.1 Likely Scenarios for the Evolution of the Smart Clothing MarketE.1.1 Use of Conventional Electronic ComponentsE.1.2 FibertronicsE.2 Product Market OpportunitiesE.2.1 Opportunities for Materials and Textiles FirmsE.2.2 Opportunities for Sensor Firms and the Semiconductor SectorE.2.3 Implications for the Clothing Business from New Smart Materials and Sensor TechnologyE.3 Six Technology and Materials Companies that Will Shape the Smart Clothing OpportunityE.4 Pricing IssuesE.5 Challenges and Possible SolutionsE.6 Opportunity Analysis by Country/RegionE.7 Summary of Eight-Year ForecastsChapter One: Introduction1.1 Background to the Report1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report1.3 Methodology of this Report1.4 Plan of this ReportChapter Two: Enabling Technology and Material Trends2.1 Impact of Sensor and Smart Materials Trends on Smart Clothing2.1.1 Pressure Sensing Clothing2.1.2 Heat Sensing Clothing2.1.3 Use of Motion, Vibration and Sound Detectors in Smart Clothing2.1.4 Fabrics that Light Up and Change Color2.1.5 Role of Biosensing in Smart Clothing2.1.6 Energy Harvesting and Energy Storage Materials2.1.7 Photovoltaic Fabrics2.1.8 Radiation Detection Material2.1.9 Other Significant Sensing and Smart Materials Technology2.2 Impact on Smart Clothing of New Advanced Materials Technology2.2.1 Fibertronics and Fiber Transistors2.2.2 Conductive Polymers and Conductive Yarns2.2.3 Smart Nanomaterials2.2.4 Silver and copper coatings2.2.5 Other Relevant Materials2.3 Other Technologies and Issues of Importance2.3.1 Networking technology and components2.3.2 Washability2.2.3 Requirements for Manufacturing2.2.4 Printing Electronics on Fabric2.2.5 Embroidering Electronics into Fabric2.4 Key Points Made in this ChapterChapter Three: Key Market Segments and Eight-Year Forecasts of Materials and Components for Smart Clothing3.1 Forecasting Methodology3.2 Fashion Industry3.2.1 Evolution of “Smart Fashion”3.2.2 Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in “Smart Fashion”3.3 Sports Apparel Industry3.3.1 Current and Future Use of Smart Sports Apparel3.3.2 Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in Smart Sports Apparel3.4 Healthcare Industry3.4.1 Current and Future Use of Smart Clothing in the Healthcare Sector3.4.2 Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in Smart Clothing for Healthcare3.5 Military, Police, Fire and Homeland Security Applications: Smart Uniforms3.5.1 Current and Future Use of Smart Uniforms3.5.2 Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in Smart Uniforms3.6 Other Applications for Smart Clothing3.6.1 Current and Emerging Applications3.6.2 Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors for Smart Clothing Not Previously Discussed3.7 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts by Technology, Product and Sectors3.8 Key Points Made in this Chapter