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INNOVATION // TOPICS

   Within the Baltic Fashion project we have explored selected innovative topics through various activities within the fashion and textile industry.


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Smart Textiles and Wearable Technologies

 

THE IDEA

Smart textile is a generic term for textiles, which in some sense react to their environment in a predefined manner. The vision behind smart textile is to create textile products that interact by combining smart materials and integrated computing power with textile application. In the smart textile concept, clothing is not something we wear to express ourselves; clothing can be used for measuring health status, facilitating communication and expressing our feelings in real time.

 

The conceptual idea behind Smart Textiles and Wearable Technology is to find out how these materials have been introduced in the fashion and clothing sector, what their future prospects are, and how to get there.

The goal is to analyze the relation between research and commercial activities. For this purpose, a survey on Smart Textiles and Wearable Technologies was conducted among European projects and activities in both an academic and a commercial context.

 

CONCLUSION

The survey revealed that EU projects and universities strongly focus on the area of health care and workwear, whereas clothing companies specialize in sports and fashion. Besides production costs and ethical issues of being monitored, one of the reasons why smart textiles haven’t had a breakthrough in fashion yet is the issue of necessity. Here, Berglin registers a gap between research and customer needs and claims that industrial and commercial activities in smart textiles are still in its infancy.

For more information, read Lena Berglin's final report.

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