Will intelligent clothing become readily accessible on the market ? If so, when ?
Yes. Within the next 24-36 months, you’ll find several truly intelligent clothing on the market. Some will give you more power to work out, some will make you more protected, some will give your more comfort in hot or cold environments or some will improve your swing…
While some companies have already attempted to dabble in this category, most garments calling themselves “smart” are neither comfortable nor attractive. Most of the concepts are elaborated shirts designed by engineers. As a result, textiles were a secondary concern to the technology.
We believe comfortable textiles are the starting point in building intelligent clothing. The truth is if we didn’t start with a solid foundation built on a strong understanding of textiles, we’d have wasted countless hours, resources, and capital without ever reaching the prototype stage. To create real value and benefits to users.
As mentioned, textiles are the foundation of intelligent clothing. But before building a product was figuring out how to create a product that was not only appealing and comfortable. To support the second and third layer of intelligent clothing, the technology requires elaborated construction, qualitative and multi functions fabrics. Overall the user should not require a “book” of care instructions instead of care label. Neither in the case of heating clothing carry wired, heavy and balky power banks which are contrary of user-friendly.
But even once that foundation was established, obstacles remained.
- The first real obstacle involved high costs and development of hardware components. Fortunately, we’ve seen an acceleration in the past two years to get smaller, cheaper, and more accurate components. Now, with the emergence of new nanotechnologies, we’re even more excited to see how much we can improve intelligent clothing in the years to come.
- The second obstacle has to do with the manufacturers. For years, many have companies been testing how to integrate hard components into textiles that can be washed or worn against the skin. On top of that, merely integrating these components directly into the fabric proved extremely challenging. And implementing these features on an industrialized level became nearly impossible.
- The third obstacle is related to the pricing issue. Across the world they are very few institutes, or companies (Clothing+) which propose on shelves solution and at the moment needs some adjustment tuning, costs exploded are unbearable to reach people.
However, time is now on the customer side. As many players in the “smart” category continue to pave the way for new technologies, processes that were once considered too complex are becoming less expensive. That means production costs for “smart” wearables are starting to fall radically.
And while “smart” device manufacturers are improving their processes, the textile industry is benefiting as well. Not only is the technology now present real embed tiny sensors directly into the yarn, the technology is also far less costly and more accurate and efficient than before.
We believe this is an excellent sign of things to come and proves that a comfortable, affordable intelligent solution is at hand. Next winter clim8, an intelligent garment will be mass produced, and individuals all over the world will no longer be held back by the cold.