Smart Clothing in Wearable Technologies Report - 2015

August 25, 2015  | Subscribers Only

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The world market for wearable technologies was worth an estimated $11.35 billion in 2014, up by nearly 18% from 2013. The market is continuously experiencing high growth, which is supported by demand from several wearable applications including medical, fitness, and infotainment. During 2019, IHS forecasts the market for wearable devices to surpass $40 billion, excluding revenues from  related services. While a significant share of this revenue is expected to come from wrist-worn product types, the smart clothing category is expected to begin contributing significantly as well, reaching $490 million during 2019.

Smart textiles, or e-textiles,  feature integration of textiles with conductive fibers as well as electronic elements such as  sensors and microcontrollers. Applications for these textiles are being considered for a range of industries including automotive, aerospace, interior design, medical and general apparel. In regard to wearables, a considerable amount of research attention has been placed on smart clothing for fitness, biomedical and safety as apparel sensors can be used for electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), and electrocardiography (ECG). Further, when a thermocouple is incorporated, the apparel can be used for sensing temperature, and the incorporation of carbon electrodes may allow for detection of oxygen, saline, moisture, or contaminants. Heating and cooling systems developed for space exploration and deep sea diving have also been applied, primarily in prototype garments with limited commercial release.

This topical report provides qualitative market insight to the state of the current smart clothing market and highlights what is expected in the future. The report includes relevant data for revenues and unit shipments of smart clothing, along with defining what product types are included in the analysis.


Shane Walker

Senior Principal Analyst, Healthcare Technology

Shane Walker is a Senior Principal Analyst on the Healthcare Technology team at IHS. Shane’s current medical technology coverage areas include telehealth, medical displays, healthcare IT, sports monitoring and other wearable technology.

Roeen Roashan

Senior Analyst, Healthcare Technology

Roeen Roashan is a Senior Analyst in the Healthcare Technology research team.

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