Smart textiles are fabrics that have been developed by integrating intelligent, value-added properties, such as energy conduction, sensing functionality, and stimuli responsiveness. These materials find high demand in the sports and fitness, medical devices, and consumer electronics industries. While the wide-scale technology adoption is currently hindered by the lack of clearly defined standards and regulations, higher consumer awareness on the advantageous properties of smart textiles would help drive regulatory bodies to set product directives and standards in future to propel market growth.
The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials.
The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Smart textiles, power textile system, nanomaterials, intelligent materials