July 2015 Publication

Smart textiles

Smart textiles are still facing many problems of acceptability and some technical issues. Companies working in this market are increasingly interested in more efficient technologies to optimize the sensors, to improve communications and to reduce costs and weight of these textiles.

These products, some of which are still at the prototype stage, are intended for various applications such as sports, health or protection. But these innovations, although hailed by early adopters, face serious obstacles with most other consumers, as evidenced by the study we conducted on the users’ expectations.

Thus, questions related to the use of data and health risks are very stong and probably require more work from the developers to overcome the legitimate reluctance of consumers.