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Smart Clothing Markets: Opportunities for Sensors and Smart Materials

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.
Executive Summary
  • Objectives and Scope of This Report
  • Methodology of This Report
  • Plan of This Report
  • Likely Scenarios for the Evolution of Smart Clothing: Revolutionary Or Evolutionary?
  • Fibertronics
  • Product Market Opportunities
  • Opportunities for Sensors & the Semiconductor Sector
  • Opportunities for Smart Fabric and Material Suppliers
  • Implications for the Clothing Business From New Smart Materials and Sensor Technology
  • Key Firms to Watch Out for
  • Pricing Issues
  • Challenges
  • Challenges and Possible Solutions
  • Opportunity Analysis By Country
  • Summary of Eight-Year forecasts By Technology, Product and Sectors
Chapter One: Introduction
  • The Evolution of the Smart Clothing Market
  • Classification of Smart Clothing Systems
  • Working Mechanism of Smart Clothing
  • Smart Clothing: Technology Push Or Market Pull?
  • Market Drivers: Favorable Factors for the Smart Clothing Industry
  • Growing Usage of Sensors In Smart Clothing
  • Trends In Sensing Technology for Smart Clothing
  • Material Trends That Are Driving the Smart Clothing Market
  • Material Trends That Will Drive the Smart Clothing Market
  • Potential Markets for Smart Clothing
  • Current Industry Trends: Advent of Start-Ups In the Smart Clothing Space
  • Current Industry Trends: Established Players Make A Strategic Move In the Smart Clothing Market
  • Industry Collaborations: Vital to Further the Prospects of Smart Clothing
Chapter Two: Enabling Technology and Material Trends
  • Classification of Sensors
  • Sensors Set to Enable New Possibilities In Smart Clothing
  • Impact of Sensor and Smart Materials Trends On Smart Clothing
  • Key Market Players That Drive the Prospects for Pressure-Sensing In Smart Clothing
  • Key Market Players That Drive the Prospects for Pressure-Sensing In Smart Clothing
  • The Future of Pressure-Sensing In Smart Clothing
  • Impact of Sensor and Smart Materials Trends On Smart Clothing
  • Heat-Sensing Clothing
  • Heat-Sensing Materials That Are Currently In Use In Smart Clothing
  • Heat-Sensing Clothing Latest Trends
  • Heat-Sensing Clothing Future
  • Use of Motion, Vibration, and Sound Sensors In Smart Clothing
  • Companies That Are Pushing the Prospects of Motion Sensor Usage In Smart Clothing
  • Use of Motion, Vibration, and Sound Detectors In Smart Clothing
  • Fabrics That Light Up and Change Color
  • Role of Biosensing In Smart Clothing
  • Energy Harvesting and Energy Storage Materials
  • Radiation Detection Material
  • Other Significant Sensing and Smart Materials Technology
  • Impact On Smart Clothing of New Advanced Materials Technology
  • Networking Technology and Components
  • Washability
  • Other Technologies and Issues of Importance
  • Challenges for Manufacturing
  • Printing Electronics On Fabric
  • Embroidering Electronics Into Fabric
  • Key Points From the Chapter
Chapter Three: Key Market Segments and Eight-Year forecasts of Materials and Components for Smart Clothing
  • Forecasting Methodology
  • Forecasting Methodology Pricing of Sensors and Materials Used for Smart Clothing
  • Fashion Industry
  • Evolution of “Smart Fashion”
 
Eight-Year forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors In “Smart Fashion”
  • Sports Apparel Industry
  • Sports Apparel Industry: Key Products
  • Sports Apparel Industry: Current and Future Use of Smart Sports Apparel
  • Sports Apparel Industry: Future Trends
  • Eight-Year forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors In Smart Sports Apparel
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Eight-Year forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors In Smart Clothing for Healthcare
  • Military, Police, Fire and Homeland Security Applications:  Smart Uniforms
  • Eight-Year forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors In Smart Uniforms
  • Other Applications for Smart Clothing
  • Eight-Year forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors for Smart Clothing Not Previously Discussed
  • Summary of Eight-Year forecasts By Technology, Product and Sectors
  • Summary of Eight-Year forecasts By Technology, Product and Sectors
  • Key Points From the Chapter
  • Research Team
  • Contact Us
 
List of Forecasts
  • Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts by Technology, Product and Sectors
  • Pricing Of Sensors And Materials Used For Smart Clothing
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in “Smart Fashion”
  • “Smart Fashion” Addressable Market
  • Sensors/Material Mix in Smart Clothing Market (percent)
  • Number of Smart Clothing Units Sold Divided by Type of Material/Sensor (million)
  • “Smart Fashion” Market Size by Material/Sensor Type ($ million)
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in Smart Sports Apparel
  • Smart Sports Apparel Addressable Market
  • Sensors/Material Mix in Smart Sports Apparel Market (percent)
  • Number of Smart Sports Apparel Units Sold Divided by Type of Material/Sensor (million)
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in Smart Sports Apparel: Market Size by Material/Sensor Type ($ million)
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in Smart Clothing for Healthcare
  • Healthcare Addressable Market
  • Sensors/Material Mix in Healthcare Smart Clothing Market (percent)
  • Number of Healthcare  Smart Clothing Units Sold Divided by Type of Material/Sensor (million)
  • Market Size by Material/Sensor Type ($ million)
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors in Smart Uniforms
  • Smart Uniforms Addressable Market
  • Sensors/Material Mix in Smart Uniforms Market (percent)
  • Number of Smart Uniforms Units Sold Divided by Type of Material/Sensor (million)
  • Market Size by Material/Sensor Type ($ million)
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors for Other Smart Clothing Not Previously Discussed
  • Not Previously Discussed Addressable Market
  • Sensors/Material Mix in Other Smart Clothing Market (percent)
  • Number of Other Smart Clothing Units Sold Divided by Type of Material/Sensor (million)
  • Market Size by Material/Sensor Type ($ million)
  • Summary of Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors ($ million)
  • Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts by Technology, Product and Sectors
  • Summary of Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Materials and Sensors ($ million)

Sensors and Materials for Smart Clothing: The Rise of a Pair of Billion-Dollar Markets

Glen Allen, VA: The market for sensors and "smart" materials used in clothing will grow from roughly $212 million this year to more than $1.8 billion by 2021, according to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets. Details of the new report, "Smart Clothing Markets: Opportunities for Sensors and Smart Materials, including a downloadable excerpt, are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/smart-clothing-markets-opportunities-for-sensors-and-smart-materials
 
About the Report:
 
Wearable computing is lauded as the next evolution of computing and interactivity. Today this is manifesting in the market with "smart" watches and the first wave of "smart glasses." The next step in wearable computing is in "smart" clothing, i.e. fabrics integrated with various electronics and computing components and energy harvesting, and even fabrics that incorporate some of those capabilities themselves. NanoMarkets sees this category poised to emerge into the spotlight and becoming a significant revenue generator for various levels in the supply chain, from materials suppliers to retailers. The key lies in the progress of development and commercialization of new and improved fabrics and sensors that are the essential building blocks for the capabilities -- and value -- of various smart clothing products.
 
This report focuses on the opportunities in the smart clothing space for suppliers of sensors and smart materials, the enabling technologies for smart clothing's current and future market trends. We examine the relevant developments in these product categories as they pertain to smart clothing, explore the full integration of high technology and fashion design and discuss all the technical problems (such as integrating microchips into clothing and washing issues), and where the money will be made for those suppliers in a number of smart clothing markets and industry sectors. We include 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.
 
The report also analyzes the product/market and technology strategies of firms that we believe will shape the smart clothing materials and components space as it evolves. Companies discussed in this report include: Adidas, AIQ, Applied Materials, Athos, Carre Technologies, Clothing+, Corpo Nove, CSEM, Eeonyx, Exmoverve, Footfalls & Heartbeats, Globe Firefighters, Hexoskin, Inntex, Infoscitex, Intel, Intelligent Textiles, Mcube, Measurement Technologies, Medical Technologies, Moritz Waldemeyer, Moticon, Myontec, Nike, No Contact, Novonic, NTT DoCoMo, Nuubo, Ohmatex, Orpyx, Outlast Technologies, Owlet Baby Care, Pauline van Dongen, Phillips, Plug & Wear, PowerFilm Solar, Prospie, Ralph Lauren, Safe@Sea, Sefar, Sensoria, SmartSense, Stryker, T-Wave, Xyber Mind Technologies, and Zephyr Technology.
 
Highlights from the Report:
 
Smart clothing might finally evolve to become the computing devices of the future with watches, displays, etc. being printed on fabrics. However, the materialization of either scenario depends on the industry’s response in the direction of removing the main barriers to mass adoption of smart clothing. These historically have been, and continue to be, three key areas at the center of development: improved connectivity between modules, improved washability of smart fabrics, and standardized protocols. Here, then, lies the opportunity for both materials and sensor manufacturers to develop new and improved types of smart fabrics and sensors: lighter and soft flexible sensors, functional fabrics, conductive polymers, and even fibertronics -- electronically functionalized textile yarns without the need for attached sensors.
 
For suppliers of sensor devices, new techniques are in development, and attempts to standardize smart clothing are underway. Devices must also satisfy the requirements of end consumers and be perceived as value-integrated products, well-integrated with other devices and the greater Internet-of-Things. Siloed solutions will be replaced by wearable clothing that integrates multiple sensors, ultimately solving application-oriented needs -- though such functionality may not find favor with customers if it's merely what can be achieved through a smartphone, nor if it requires such a peripheral device as a control unit. NanoMarkets projects the market for sensors in smart clothing will grow from roughly $187 million in 2014 to $476 million by 2018, and $983 million by 2021.
 
For fabric and material suppliers, we see areas of opportunity in developing smart sensing fabrics, replacing metallic fibers with conductive polymers, and ultimately integrating nanomaterials (especially carbon nanotubes). Flexible and stretchable electronics, either through structural consideration or by exploring novel materials, have imparted mechanical compliance and bio-compatibility to otherwise rigid and brittle electronic devices. NanoMarkets projects The market for such smart materials in smart clothing is currently (and understandably) quite smaller compared with the sensor side, but we expect a far higher growth trajectory that will nearly equalize the two by the end of our forecast period -- growing from roughly $24 million in 2014 to $225 million by 2018, and $849 million by 2021.
 
Overall, NanoMarkets projects the smart clothing materials and sensor market to grow from $212 million in 2014 to $701 million by 2018 and $1.8 billion in 2021. Sports and healthcare segments are expected to lead the way, followed by military and fashion segments. In sensors, bio-sensors will dominate followed by pressure sensors. In the case of materials, we expect conductive polymers and conductive yarns to capture the most market share.
 
About NanoMarkets:
 
NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in a number of sectors around "smart" technology and sensors: wearable electronics, fibertronics, lighting, glass, windows, and grid technologies. Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets' reports and other services.
 
Contact:
 
Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets
(804) 938-0030

posted Oct 21, 2014

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