IDTechEx found the market for pure e-textiles to be worth $100 million in 2015, growing to $3 billion by 2026.
James Hayward, IDTechEx Technology Analyst01.22.16
While the majority of wearable technology products sold today still fit with the components-in-a-box design, 2015 has been a record year for investment in smart clothing and e-textile products. To reach the masses, wearable technology must be useful, practical and fashionable, and seamless integration within textiles and clothing is seen as a key part of this. However, with many challenges, not least around washability, durability and in manufacturing, the majority of projects over the last decade were restricted to low volume niche products. This is now changing.
IDTechEx’s most recent work in the area found the market for pure e-textiles to be worth $100 million in 2015. The report concludes that the market for e-textiles will reach more than $3 billion by 2026.
Much of the attention focuses around products in the Sports & Fitness sector and notably compression wear in the form of a Smart Shirt or otherwise. However, while many of the largest players focus here,
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