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Smart Clothing and Body Sensors: Market Analysis and Forecasts

LONDON, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Smart clothing and body sensors can be considered the ultimate wearables, something that integrates into your life as a garment, footwear, or a sensor device that can track or measure a specific physiological or biometric attribute. Unlike fitness trackers, smart watches, or smart glasses, which have fairly well-defined form factors and use cases, smart clothing and body sensors are seeing a greater degree of experimentation and innovation in use cases. The applications for smart clothing and body sensors span multiple domains including sports, consumer, healthcare, public safety, industrial, and enterprise. This is the second edition of Tractica's Smart Clothing and Body Sensors report, providing an update on market developments and trends during the last 12 months. Since the last edition, the market has seen a fairly significant amount of activity. In this edition, Tractica has expanded the report's scope to include new device segments like smart footwear in smart clothing; and wearable patches, movement sensors, and wrist devices within body sensors. Compared to last year, the healthcare and sports segments in particular are seeing more activity around body sensors. In North America, Major League Baseball (MLB) approved the use of specific body sensor wearables on the field during games. Big pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis and healthcare device companies like Philips are using body sensors for clinical trials. Google's Project Jacquard
and Jabil's acquisition of Clothing+ suggest that the smart clothing sector is developing at a fast pace both in terms of technology and in manufacturing capabilities. Within smart clothing, we are very close to seeing established sports apparel and footwear brands, or high-street clothing brands launch products that incorporate smart clothing features. Under Armour has already taken the lead, launching one of the first commercial smart shoes.

Overall, the market for smart clothing and body sensors is moving in the right direction, although the body sensors market is estimated to be larger in the long run due to a wider variety of device types and application markets. Also, healthcare is estimated to be one of the biggest drivers for body sensors, particularly connected wearable patches. This report highlights the drivers and barriers for both smart clothing and body sensors, providing a snapshot of the market over the last 12 months and how it will grow in the next 5 years. The forecasts for smart clothing and body sensors are segmented by region, application market, and connectivity technology. Strategic recommendations are also provided for the players currently participating in this market and for those looking to enter the market.

The smart clothing market is seeing the most amount of activity within the sports and fitness area, with sensor-infused shorts, bras, and footwear tracking both biometric and physiological activity. Smart clothing companies hope...