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This report reveals:

  • Inherent issues with e-textile components
  • Critical design considerations
  • 9 types of textile-integrated sensors
  • 5 types of problems that e-textile solutions can solve
  • 4 major challenges associated with designing wearable sensor textiles

Excerpt from the Introduction

"So far, most wearable technology products are derivatives of mobile phones, PCs, cameras, wristwatches, headphones, conventional apparel, including jewelry, medical instruments or RFID devices. This is bound to change in later years as advances in the technology tool kits will allow for unobtrusive integration of electronics into textiles/fabrics for clothing, thus affording additional functionalities to apparel that has been traditionally considered simple, mundane in its usage scenarios.

In addition, changing consumer behavior has led to an observed market trend, as consumers have come to expect more functionalities from ordinary objects they habitually utilize in their everyday lives. This alone is one of the most significant drivers for further innovation in the field of wearables, enabled by advances in allied technologies (e.g. conductive inks for printed devices, plastic electronics on flexible substrates, etc.).

Insight on this topic and the associated challenges will be offered in this paper with a specific focus on developing textile-integrated biosensors for medical/health & lifestyle applications, a market segment that is currently attracting significant amount of attention while at the same time being laced with intricacies. The most significant challenges along with current efforts to bring robust, accurate measurement technology to market integrated in desirable products will be discussed, highlighting the efforts of companies active in this space."

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