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Study: 'Smart' clothing will top 10 million in 5 years

Smart clothing will rack up big sales in the coming years, topping 10 million in five years, new study predicts
By: Michael Hatamoto | Wearable Computing News | Posted: May 7, 2015 5:30 am

Consumers are expected to begin adopting wearable "smart" clothing at a rapid rate in the coming years, with the market topping 10 million units each year by 2020, according to the Tractica Research firm.

 

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The sports market gets most of the attention related to smart clothing, with athletes wearing shirts, shorts, socks, and other apparel using embedded sensors to track physical data. However, a transition from sports material to street apparel is expected for smart clothing, as the necessary technology begins to drop in price.

 

"The ultimate wearable computer is a piece of smart clothing that one can wear as a garment or a body sensor that can track and measure specific vital signs," said Aditya Kaul, director of Tractica Research, in a statement published by VentureBeat. "Both of these device categories are designed to seamlessly integrate with users' daily lives."

NEWS SOURCES:Venturebeat.com, Wewearsmartwear.de

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