It is anticipated that shipments of smart clothes will climb from slightly less than 5 million in 2017 to more than 31 million. This equates to an incredible compound annual growth rate of 45 percent.
It is accurate to state that this category of apparel has not yet achieved wide market appeal and is currently behind fitness trackers and smartwatches in terms of popularity. However, sensors that are included in the clothing that you wear on a daily basis are in an excellent position to grasp the intricate workings of your body. The best part is that these are just sharper versions of the clothes you would have worn anyhow.
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The most recent market growth forecasts were developed by ABI Research, a business that specializes in technological intelligence. According to their calculations, over the next five years, the market for smart clothes will see the second largest growth rate, behind only that of wearables. Despite the fact that this is coming from a somewhat low starting basis,
Because smart clothing can provide more precise readings than a device worn on the wrist, this market is currently focused mostly on catering to individuals who make their living in the sports industry. As the price of the technology drops, it will become more accessible to a wider range of consumers, including those in business settings.
According to Ryan Harbison, a research analyst at ABI Research, “the majority of smart clothing shipments will be predominantly driven by consumer applications.” Over the next few years, however, there will be growing enterprise applications in worker safety and monitoring.
Products from Ralph Lauren, Sensoria, OMsignal, Hexoskin, Google, and Levi’s are all examples of current-generation sensors that are either connected to clothing or embedded in the fabric of the garment itself. [Citation needed] [Citation needed] In a future iteration, the sensor will be integrated into the fabric of the garment itself.
According to ABI Research, it should not be too much longer before some of the more significant businesses in the technology industry enter this market. But before that can take place, there are several more problems that need to be resolved first.
Harbison stated that before smart clothing reaches mass acceptance, the technology behind its integrated sensors needs to improve. “Smart clothing” refers to clothing that contains electronic components.
“The sensors have to be able to resist situations that current wearables are not able to, such as sweat from the body, washing cycles, and significant temperature variations.” It will be up to the vendors to find a solution to this problem through creative manufacturing and do so before customers express their worries.
It is safe to say that we may look forward to a time in the not too distant future when having fashionable clothing in your closet will be considered the standard. Even if it’s not in the next five years, this technology should eventually make wrist-worn fitness trackers obsolete.