Make Way for Smart Clothing

Smart clothing is best defined as web-connected clothing. This seemingly futuristic apparel will soon be worn by people across the globe, enhancing and even replacing some wearable technology. It is important to distinguish between the two: smart clothes have superior accuracy and longer range compared to wearable technology. Furthermore, smart clothing is not limited to diminutive touch points, typically positioned on the wrist.

Smart clothing heats, cools, sizes itself, connects to the web and even changes colors. Self-heating jackets were recently donned by United States athletes at the Winter Olympics. Many companies are tossing their hat into the smart clothing ring. The challenge is finding the perfect balance between style and high-tech functionality.

Smart Clothing Will Be Chic

It is no secret tech geeks typically lack style. However, the tech masterminds behind smart clothing will soon sport the coolest threads around. Two companies recently partnered to create a textile that changes colors. The material will be used in several new pieces, including boots and heated jackets. Industry experts believe the materials and technology used in smart clothing also will be used to create smart furniture.

One company has discovered how to make machine washable e-textiles. Though no outside of the company fully understands how this feat is accomplished, it appears the secret lies in the garment fabric, which includes an embedded flexible electronic circuit. The addition of customized insulation enhances the protection that much more.

E-Textile for Smart Clothing.

Pragmatic Wearables

If smart clothing seems a bit complex for your tastes, do not fret. Developers are hard at work to ensure smart clothing is practical. These garments must be machine washable and dryable in traditional tumbler units. The challenge lies in the wearer remembering to remove the garment’s snap tag that has diminutive electronics including a battery. Perhaps the smart washers and dryers of the future will feature sensors that sound an alarm if snap tags are left on smart clothing.

Consumers Will Scoop Up Smart Clothing

Critics of smart clothing argue the masses will be hesitant to pay hundreds of dollars for this form of technology. After all, clothing powered by batteries has the potential to explode. However, consumers do not hesitate to put battery-powered smartphones in their pockets and luggage. Price point is another potential hurdle. As an example, self-heating jackets are selling for thousands of dollars. Fortunately, history indicates technology prices gradually decrease as time progresses.

Smart Clothing Consumer.

Wearables in the Form of Smart Clothing

Can you imagine putting on a collared shirt or a pair of shorts that modifies itself according to your nuanced needs? Wearable technology seemed like a pipe dream a few decades ago, yet it is coming to fruition in 2018.

Smart clothing is best defined as web-connected clothing. This seemingly futuristic apparel will soon be worn by people across the globe, enhancing and even replacing some wearable technology. It is important to distinguish between the two: smart clothes have superior accuracy and longer range compared to wearable technology. Furthermore, smart clothing is not limited to diminutive touch points, typically positioned on the wrist.

Team USA self-heating jacket.

Smart clothing heats, cools, sizes itself, connects to the web and even changes colors. Self-heating jackets were recently donned by United States athletes at the Winter Olympics. Many companies are tossing their hat into the smart clothing ring. The challenge is finding the perfect balance between style and high-tech functionality. Consider a recently developed denim jacket that costs $350 yet it is well worth the money as the wearer can control their smartphone with simple gestures.

Levi's Commuter Jacket

It is no secret tech geeks typically lack style. However, the tech masterminds behind smart clothing will soon sport the coolest threads around. Two companies recently partnered to create a textile that changes colors. The material will be used in several new pieces, including boots and heated jackets. Industry experts believe the materials and technology used in smart clothing also will be used to create smart furniture.

Bag made out of color changing fabric.

Critics of smart clothing argue the masses will be hesitant to pay hundreds of dollars for this form of technology. After all, clothing powered by batteries has the potential to explode. However, consumers do not hesitate to put battery-powered smartphones in their pockets and luggage. Price point is another potential hurdle. As an example, self-heating jackets are selling for thousands of dollars. Fortunately, history indicates technology prices gradually decrease as time progresses.

Wearable technology is entering the mainstream so much so that it could prove to be the dominant market force in just a couple of years. After all, why would anyone opt for plain clothing when dynamic smart clothing that changes colors and provides web access is available? It might not be long until we think of traditional “dumb” clothing as a relic of the past.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that wearable IoT devices are here to stay. The possibilities for this technology are endless. It might not be long until nearly every person on the planet relies on wearable devices to track everything— from personal health, items to be purchased, smart clothing, and just about every aspect of everyday living. Wearables are going mainstream, and even the skeptics will soon understand the value of wearables as these diminutive devices are proving to be lifesavers.