Smarten up with wearable tech: Intelligent fabrics

07 May 2015

In this podcast Jocelyn Paulley, a Principal Associate in the Tech team, talks to guest panellist Cath Rogan of Smart Garment People.

The consumer market is inundated with wrist-based technology - first as fitness trackers and now as smart watches - and even before this market has matured, new companies are moving to integrate technology with other everyday objects, putting tech in glasses, ear-pieces, jewellery, shoes, the list goes on. Those with longer-term vision though are looking beyond and focusing efforts on making wearables invisible; hidden in fabrics, tiny computers on the skin or in biological systems.

This may be driven by consumer apathy toward smart watches; a recent survey by BI Intelligence found that 51% of consumers did not see the point of a smart watch. Have smart watches failed to solve the issue of design vs technology? Common wisdom is that the wearable market is the next big game changer and worth millions, but that emphasis will shift in the next 4 years to technology enabled garments and textiles. Gartner's prediction is that in 2016 25% of wearable technology shipments will be smart garments and that the fitness trackers will become freebies offered by gyms, employers and insurance providers. The future is wearable, but what form it will take is still a work in progress.

In this podcast Jocelyn Paulley, a Principal Associate in the Tech team, talks to guest panellist Cath Rogan of Smart Garment People.




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