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E-Textiles: Electronic Textiles 2014-2024

  • January 2016
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  • IDTechEx Ltd
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  • 128 pages

We are in contact with textiles for more than 90% of our lives, and they are starting to become intelligent. The basis of this new functionality is the integration of textiles and electronics. From clothing to bandages, bed linen to industrial fabrics, new products integrating e-textiles are being created. The market has been slow to start due to many challenges, but with large companies investing heavily and releasing early products, we expect the growth to accelerate rapidly over the next decade.

In their purest form according to the definition, e-textiles based on the integration of inherently electrically or electronically active fibres have begun to see integration into early products. However, with many associated challenges around reliability, performance and comfort, there has been a strong push towards other solutions that can achieve better properties including washability, stretchability and new functionalities. The result is a complex ecosystem of different material, component and connection options that are now available for product designers.

IDTechEx have produced a comprehensive guide to all of the key techniques in use throughout industry and research today. Key advances in the last five years have led to early commercial products, with a market of around $100m in 2015. However, as larger names enter the space and returns on the significant investments made start to surface, IDTechEx forecasts that the market will reach over $3bn by 2026, with 'Sports & Fitness' and 'Medical & Healthcare' being the two largest sectors.
The report describes the full value chain, looking from the material and component options, to the manufacturing challenges, through to the applications, markets and key end users. Trends by market sector are crucial, as the addressable markets are both large and diverse. The report characterises key market sectors including 'Sports & Fitness', 'Medical & Healthcare', 'Wellness', 'Home & Lifestyle', 'Industrial, commercial, military', 'Fashion' and 'Others' (including automotive). For each, we report on progress amongst key players and projects, as well as outlining the unmet needs and growth potential of each.

Finally, the report looks further into the future, describing the cutting-edge of e-textile research. Componentry such as photovoltaics, supercapacitors, batteries and even memory are made directly as a fiber. Materials such as carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanorods and piezoelectrics are integrated within textile structures, introducing new properties. Systems combining the best in conventional electronics with flexible sensors and actuators via bespoke connectors enable new product options. Whilst some of these options remain further in the future, we report on key findings that will impact the industry in years to come.

Table Of Contents

E-Textiles: Electronic Textiles 2014-2024
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
2. INTRODUCTION
2.1. Definitions
2.2. E-Textiles: Where textiles meet electronics
2.3. The intersection of electronics and textiles industries
2.4. Examples of e-textile products today
2.5. Context within the broader subject: Wearable Technology
2.6. Key trends in wearable technology
2.7. Related applications in Technical Textiles
2.8. Modern developments in context: Woven Electronics®
2.9. Prominent related areas to e-textiles
2.10. Electromagnetic Shielding
2.11. Antistatic protective clothing
2.12. Antimicrobial textiles
2.13. Thermal regulation in textiles
2.14. Protective clothing for impact resistance
2.15. Strategies for creating textile-integrated electronics
2.16. Challenges when moving into the e-textiles space
3. E-TEXTILE MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS
3.1. E-textiles materials use today
3.2. Fibres, yarns and textiles
3.3. Entirely metallic fabrics
3.4. Use of metal cabling
3.5. Fibres and Yarns
3.6. Textile Cabling
3.7. Textiles and Fabrics
3.8. Inks and Encapsulation
3.9. Polymers
3.10. Example suppliers for each material type
3.11. Working alongside conventional electronics
3.12. Connectors for e-textiles
3.13. Connector options today
3.14. Snap fasteners
3.15. Thermoplastic adhesive bonding: Fraunhofer IZM
3.16. Soldering
3.17. Conductive adhesives
3.18. Metallic contacts: conventional and bespoke
3.19. Embroidery
3.20. Component types: who is making what?
4. E-TEXTILES MARKETS
4.1. Categorisation by market sector
4.2. Sports and Fitness: Overview
4.3. Sports and Fitness: Key product characteristics
4.4. Sports and Fitness: The impact of VC funding
4.5. Sports and Fitness: Key Players
4.6. Wellness
4.7. Medical and Healthcare
4.8. Home and Lifestyle
4.9. Hospitality markets
4.10. Industrial, Commercial, Military
4.11. Fashion
4.12. Examples of high fashion and bespoke work
4.13. Others: Vehicular interiors
5. MARKET FORECASTS, 2016-2026
5.1. Market forecast for e-textiles - by industry sector
5.2. Short term forecast: 2014-2017 by sector
5.3. CAGR by industry sector
6. ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE FUTURE OF E-TEXTILES
6.1. Emerging types of electrically active fibres and textiles
6.2. European Commission projects
6.3. New conductive fibres from industry and academia
6.4. Novel approaches to conductive textiles: CNT and graphene
6.5. RFID Yarns for asset tracking
6.6. Integrating other electronics within yarns
7. ENERGY HARVESTING TECHNIQUES IN TEXTILES
7.1. Piezoelectric fibres: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
7.2. Piezoelectric fibres: University of Bolton, UK
7.3. Piezoelectric Fabric
7.4. Piezoelectric Fabric: University of Bolton, UK
7.5. Concordia University XS Labs, Canada
7.6. Cornell University, USA
7.7. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
7.8. Southampton University, UK
7.9. University of California Berkeley, USA
7.10. Energy-Scavenging Nanofibers: UC Berkeley, USA
7.11. Photovoltaic Fibres
7.12. Illuminex, USA
7.13. Penn State University, USA
7.14. University of Southampton, UK
7.15. Multi-mode energy harvesting in textiles
7.16. Textile Supercapacitors
7.17. Drexel University, USA
7.18. Imperial College London, UK
7.19. Stanford University, USA
7.20. University of Delaware, USA
7.21. University of Wollongong, Australia
7.22. Flexible Woven Batteries
7.23. Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada
7.24. Logic and Memory
8. CASE STUDY - SMART CLOTHING: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
8.1. 75 years of 'Smart Clothing'
8.2. Early commercial examples: Infineon, Philips, O'Neill
8.3. Related products: HRM Chest Straps
8.4. Integrating HRM into clothing
8.5. The wearable technology boom
8.6. The implications of BLE for smart clothing
8.7. Who uses smart clothing today?
8.8. Market Forecast (apparel only), 2016-2026
8.9. Examples from key sectors
8.10. Large players enter the market: 3 strategies
9. IDTECHEX RAW DATA
9.1. E-Textiles - number of units sold in millions
9.2. Apparel only - number of units sold in millions
9.3. E-Textiles - total revenue in USD millions
9.4. Apparel only - total revenue in USD millions
10. INTERVIEW BASED COMPANY PROFILES
10.1. AiQ Smart Clothing
10.2. BeBop Sensors
10.3. Brochier Technologies
10.4. Cetemmsa
10.5. Clothing+
10.6. Footfalls and Heartbeats
10.7. Forster Rohner AG
10.8. Hexoskin
10.9. Holst Centre
10.10. IMEC
10.11. Infi-tex
10.12. Intelligent Textiles Limited
10.13. Interactive Wear
10.14. MC10
10.15. Medical Design Solutions
10.16. Primo1D
10.17. Ohmatex ApS
10.18. Samsara S.r.l.
10.19. Sarvint Technologies, Inc.
10.20. Sensing Tex
10.21. Sensoria
10.22. Smartlife Technology Ltd
10.23. Stretchsense
10.24. Vista Medical
10.25. Wearable Life Science
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