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Get smart to stay healthy, fit and rich

Wearable devices for monitoring or improving health or that aim to improve the performance of athletes (from the elite to the amateur enthusiasts) continue to proliferate, gaining worldwide media attention. Industry analysts estimate the market to be sizeable and growing rapidly: IDTechEx Research, for instance, says the market in 2015 will be worth US$24 billion; growing to US$74 billion by 2025.

Nevertheless, as yet such devices fail to capture the whole-hearted embrace of the mass market, a tantalizing prospect that could make these current estimates of the value of wearable devices seem insignificant. In a recent feature article, Smart garments can open the door to mass-market wearables, Adrian Wilson argues that the key to surmounting this barrier is the development of technologies that are truly integrated into everyday garments.

The article itself cites several examples of cutting-edge developments that have this goal and recent postings to this site continue to offer many others:

Samsung leads in wearable electronics patents;

Self-adaptive wound dressing;

Broad applications for physical fabric sensors;

Recuperation project with smart insoles;

Wearable assistance for the front line;

Mass-customization for smart insoles.

To keep abreast of the kinds of smart textiles you should be developing, manufacturing and sourcing (as well as wearing), keep coming back to Technical Textiles.net, which we update daily. 

Textile Coating and Laminating Conference - Early-bird registration open

The next International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating will be held on 16-17 March 2016 at the Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic.
Next year’s event will include presentations covering the key economic and technology trends, including the state of the industry, techniques and materials, technology for growth, and new opportunities. Speakers from senior positions in some of the most influential companies in this sector from around the world will gather in Prague to present to delegates.

Early-bird registration is now open, click here for special rates on delegate registration and table top exhibits.

The Conference Programme will be announced soon and to register for updates visit the conference website


The presentations of proceedings from the Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications (March 2015) and the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (November 2014) are available to purchase on a CD-Rom as PDF files.

NHPA2015, the second Conference on High-performance Applications, concluded that significant growth is anticipated for high-performance nonwovens. NHPA2015 was held in Cannes, France 4-5 March 2015. The 19 presentations as given at the conference are now available on a CD-Rom in PDF format, plus the audio files of the discussion workshops. For more information on the papers and speakers click here

TCL2014, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, was held in the Novotel Montfleury in Cannes, France, 4-5 November 2014. More than 100 senior staff from around the world attended to hear two days of expert presentations and engage in workshops and discussions. The 21 presentations as given at the conference are now available on this CD-Rom in PDF format. For more information on the papers presented click here  


Latest Features

If the consumer desire for groundbreaking wearable technologies has at times been questioned, the crowdfunding site Kickstarter offers some pretty concrete reassurances, reports Adrian Wilson.  At the same time, there are few guarantees for investors.

The extension of Techtextil to four days gives visitors more opportunities to see the plentiful innovations exhibited; Editor Nick Butler picks his highlights of those that involving developments with fabrics.

Underpinning much of the commercial innovation exhibited at Techtextil is an infrastructure that supports the industry: a flourishing research base; independent testing centres; international standards; the means to assure quality.

Techtextil has grown continuously during the lifetime of this magazine, as has the importance of high-performance applications for nonwovens. Another record-breaking exhibition provides plenty of evidence to support both these statements.