Smart Textiles – The Future of Fabric
Smart textiles are fabrics that enable digital components and electronics to be embedded in them. They provide the wearer with increased functionality by sensing and reacting to environmental conditions or stimuli, such as those from mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic or other sources. They are different from wearables in that the focus is on the integration of electronic components with the fabric. They may be used for non-wearable applications as well.
According to a research report by IDTechEx, the market for smart textiles will approach US $5
billion in product revenue by 2027. The following IP landscape report provides insights into the currently active patents addressing the technologies and applications related to Smart Textiles.