Currently, the textile sector is facing a new challenge that can change the functionality of our garments. How can it be otherwise? We talk about connectivity with clothing. We open another section of interconnected elements to what we call the Internet of things. In this post, we will learn about the implications of the IoT in the textile sector, what it can bring us and what it will be like in the future.
What is the Internet of things the Internet of Things (IoT) describes a network of physical objects embedded with sensors, software, and other technology to connect and exchange data with other devices over the Internet. We can find devices such as light bulbs or vacuum cleaners, or more sophisticated such as refrigerators, ovens or coffee makers, that are connected to the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth of the home network and offer intelligent functionalities.
The distinction of intelligence in textile materials the use of the Internet of things in clothing improves our quality of life on a day-to-day basis through technology and its various functionalities. Bright clothing collects information from the person wearing it and the environment. We must bear in mind that there are three types of smart garments according to the functions they perform:
Passive intelligent They are those garments that can detect the user’s activity and various environmental parameters. It has sensors to collect data. active smart they are garments that incorporate functions that can respond to environmental conditions and the wearer’s activity. In addition to sensors, it allows the integration and activation of other parts.
Very intelligent they are garments that detect, react and adapt autonomously to the environmental conditions and the state that the user manifests. These garments are connected to other devices to complete and optimize those functions. Fashion and sports are connected currently, garments and even brands are dedicated solely to manufacturing intelligent textile articles.
The garments are connected to our mobiles, tablets, computers or virtual assistants to offer us digital functions that cover a generated need. The main challenge in the textile market is to ensure that the garments have these materials integrated without the garment gaining weight or losing qualities that it would have without being intelligent. Another aspect closely related to this is the connectivity capabilities of the garment or the battery life of its electronic components.
We are aware of the implications of the IoT in the textile sector and the sports sector, where for a few years now, we have been finding more intelligent devices that offer more detail about the sporting action we carry out. We can already find bright socks that record the type of footstep we make, the sweating or the speed at which we make the physical effort. Technologically speaking, the first intelligent shoes that recorded physical exercise were far away, and you had to connect to a computer to obtain those results.
Future of IoT in the textile industry although the IoT in the textile industry is not yet as developed as in other smart devices, everything indicates that it will play a fundamental role in the future. In most cases where textile garments are already designed, they could have a better impact in terms of sales. These garments are not ready for mass consumption due to their manufacturing cost and the limitations of electronic components (battery and usability).
However, in other sectors, the use of connected textile garments is closer. The sports and security sectors are leading the way towards the personalization of garments. A personalization whose main objective is to optimize the use we make of them to gain safety, efficiency and quality of life. We have just seen how IoT will be in the textile sector and that it contributes to the future of a more intelligent and efficient world. Therefore, if you are part of a company, the best thing to do is to adapt to all these changes happening to us, or your processes will become obsolete over time.