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Smart Fabrics: Fad or Future?

Posted April 23, 2014 12:01 PM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Smart fabrics are rapidly taking up retail space alongside traditional running and other athletic apparel. For the most part, today's smart fabrics consist largely of wearable add-ons like sensors, actuators, and apps that can monitor your heart rate, body temperature, and other physical performance characteristics. But at least one analyst thinks these smart textiles won't really go mainstream until they become true game-changers; that is, until they look and feel like your everyday athletic wear, no wires or Velcro straps attached.


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04/23/2014 9:48 PM

Fad.

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04/24/2014 3:51 AM

Neither... I don't think anyone is interested despite the endless futile attempts at wearable this and wearable that since the 60s 50s whatever.

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04/25/2014 6:59 AM

It might have begun prior to the 50s or 60s unless you mean the 1650's or 1560's. I am of course referring to the still moderately popular and decidedly wearable watches of both the pocket and wrist variety.

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There are also wearable moderately popular wearable audio equipment, hitting mainstream a couple decades ago with the Walkman and in more recent history the Ipod.

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The attempts do seem endless, but they aren't necessarily futile. Instances of acceptance are few and far between, but do occur. Some even last centuries.

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04/25/2014 7:46 AM

Yeah the codpiece wireless is still a winner
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04/30/2014 10:31 AM

For the dedicated athlete and fad until they become easily used and cheap. Mike bike computer is neat but hardly an essential - it is a gimmick for about 99% of us.

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