04 New Technologies Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore

04 New Technologies Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore

In past few years, the new technologies have improved almost all areas of our lives. If we talk about textile and apparel sector then it is not only improve the utilities of the products but also improve its general appearance. If we look at the past inventions of new technologies then we can see that the smart products are not having enough eye catchy attributes. And we can’t compare these hi tech wearables with regular high fashion wears. Because during its development, the developer and garment designer both have to compromise on many things. Although, the main hi tech features were normally achieved in past inventions yet the shape and current trend of fashion was normally overlooked. This is why; you could see a long list of wearables which were disliked by the consumers due to its unattractiveness or failure to provide optimum functions.

New Technologies distinctive Enhancements:

Despite of earlier failures or less consumer’s response, the urge for better wearable in both attractiveness and functions has increased. And every failure or less expected results of the newly invented wearables gave us guidelines for better future products. The contribution of new technologies in shape of nanotechnology and smart materials has finally introduced some distinctive smart textile products. As we have discussed in our previous articles that how smart wearable technology is playing a vital role in health and military sector. Besides these two sectors, the fashion industry players have also partnered with smart technologies organizations to come up with some smart and striking wearables.

Biotechnology Leather: (Modern Meadow)

Although the artificial leather was considered as replacement of leather in the past yet it didn’t fit well in all leather products. As its appearance and feeling was not as good as the real leather has. So, the company named “Modern Meadow” has worked out on this thing and introduced environment friendly leather which was grown in a lab. With the help of biotechnology, they produce collagen from few real skin cells of animal. And that collagen turns into real leather through further process of two weeks’ time. This whole process is called biofabrication. The said company already exhibited few of its products and received much appreciation from audience.

As per company’s executives, their full line of consumer’s products will be released by next year. And interesting thing is that you can develop any animal leather by following standard procedures. It means in future, we can even see those leather made products whose real animal leather usage is banned.

Spider Silk Fabric:  (Bolt Threads)

A team of scientists, engineers, and apparel experts launched such fabric which categorized under the best eco-friendly creations of new technologies. These engineers and scientists follow the nature for developing man-made silk. They produce a fiber from corn syrup which was fed to yeast fermentation. This fermentation creates protein that was harvested and purified into a powder. This process created fibers which were converted into yarn and this yarn knitted the spider silk tie.

The spider silk proteins are not new for the retailers as it is already using in cosmetic and medical devices. The Bolt Thread sources their raw materials from Midwest farmers. And their manufacturing facility is in North Carolina. They have already made partnership with famous fashion designer “Stella McCartney” for its spider silk product line. And both companies are expecting huge response from the customer who loves to buy vegan fabrics (made of without the need of animals).

Mars Growing Boots:

Mars boots are the joint efforts of Liz Ciokajlo and Maurizio Montalti and also considered as sparkling product in current new technologies. Keeping in view the scenario where the resources are limited like living on Mars then such type of products would be blessing which are fueled by feet’s sweat. Yes, it’s true these shoes are made from mycelium (a mushroom like fungus) and grows with human feet’s sweat. In space ship, the astronauts normally filter their urine and sweat to make it drinkable water. So, these shoes are also best for exploring Mars as the earth material like Gore tex is not workable at Mars climate. On the other hand, the wearer of these shoes giving sweat to the mycelium to grow so the shoes never ruined or damaged.

Customized Clothes and Shoes:

Fast fashion trends are overburdening the economy with too many waste clothes. Due to quick changes in fashion trends, the current fashion manufacturers couldn’t cater the needs of every client.  The fashion lovers facing a lot of fit issues after having their favorite wears into their wardrobe. So, the result comes out with the sheer load on our environment in shape of waste clothes.  Keeping in view the said scenario, the British fashion brand named “Unmade” come up with ultimate solution. With help of new technologies, they developed software and fabrication tools that allow its clients to design their own dresses.  Now by-following these new technologies, an individual can make changes in pattern and design their fashion-wear according to his/her choice. And after finalizing everything, the created design file would develop customize dress on 3D knitting machine.

Similarly, in footwear, Adidas collaborated with Carbon and came up with customized sneakers (ADDYY, +3.16%). The client can change the color and pattern of shoes as per his needs and desire. The 3D printing method facilitates its clients to produce small and customize runs. By adopting such new technologies, we can save our environment from thousand tons of wasted wears.

Some Ending Lines:

This is not the end as there are also so many brands which are working tirelessly to offer sustainable products. Some are on prototype phase and others are on mass production planning phase.  But here, one thing is important that a distinctive idea has lost its uniqueness if it’s not mass-production supportive. As many of us already came-across so many announcements in past which sounded unique but failed to produce mass bulk. Or the mass bulk production couldn’t conform all products’ described features. So, the brands which we discussed above and others which are on developing phase need to be very careful while claiming any feature. Because the awareness level of the consumer is on its optimum level and we can’t back off our wordings later on.

Why New Innovations in Conductive Textiles is Essential

Why New Innovations in Conductive Textiles is Essential

The global smart textiles products demand is increasing by every passing day. The day to day new innovations in wearables is changing the way of people’s life. If we have a look on the conductive textile market value in year 2016 then it was US$ 1.02 bn. And based on the previous and current growth rate of the market (CAGR 15.6%), it is projected to touch US$ 2.11 bn till year 2021. In year 2015, the woven textile segment was the largest consumer of conductive materials. Whereas, the leading consuming industries include military, defense, healthcare and sports & fitness. On the other hand, the minor industry users include aviation sector, automotive and architecture sectors included.

The main reason of growing demand of conductive textile is an increasing awareness about the advantages of conductive material based products. Now days, the biomarker monitors are commonly used in healthcare and fitness industry. As with the help of which, you can easily check your heart rate or can even count your steps. Due to technology useful attributes, the application of the smart wearables and other electric devices is significantly increased in military and defense industries.

Textiles New Innovations in Military and Defense:

As of now, the military and defense sector is prove to be the largest consuming sector of smart wearables of textile. At one side, nanotechnology and other electric gadgets are used for military uniform. On the other hand, a conductive textile is protecting soldiers from extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, moisture etc.). Moreover, the new innovations of smart textiles can also be observed in their parachutes, tents, ropes and other daily appliances. In short, whatever the situation is there, whether it’s a matter of safety (nuclear, biological and chemical threats) or routine movement (navigation help), the usage of smart wearables is unavoidable. Along-with that now a days, the conductive textile technology is also applying in personal clothing too.

Conductive Textile Regional Growth:

Although, the Europe’s conductive textile industry growth in is really significant. And the overall research and development outcome of conductive textiles in Europe is noteworthy. It categorizes under leading consumer of conductive textiles products with the rise-in market anticipation upto US$340.6 million by year 2022. But North America remains dominant in global conductive textiles market. As its conductive textiles market value was USD 472.9 million in year 2016. And now it is projecting to rise from US$340.3 million to US$445 million for the year 2017-2022. There are also some other countries like UK, China, Germany, Japan and other Asia-pacific regions which are continuously working on the new innovations in conductive textile market.

Things to do:

Despite of hasty new innovations and hopeful future projection, the cost factor is still a big restraint in the overall growth of conductive textiles. As the high cost of conductive and other smart materials could directly affect the price of the final product.  So, in many countries, there are extensive public and Government funded research and development programs are running. And the main motive of these projects is to increase production of smart textile products with competitive cost. Especially Europe funded projects are really supporting the manufacturers to come up with new innovations in smart textile products.