Smart clothing shipments will grow from 140 thousand units annually to over 10.2 million by 2020 according to a report by Tractica
The Smart Clothing and Body Sensors report also shows that body sensor shipments will grow to 3.1 million units and that this trend in wearables is mostly driven by users’ desire to measure, track, and analyse their bodies in order to be healthier.
According to the report the market for smart clothing and body sensors is just beginning to take shape both from an end-user perspective and a value chain perspective.
Sports enthusiasts are leading the adoption of smart clothing with sensor-infused items that provides biometric data on muscle activity, breathing rate, and heart activity zones – all data that is not currently tracked by fitness bands or smart watches the report reveals.
Over the next several years Tractica anticipates that connected smart clothing will gain traction in the mass consumer market.
Meanwhile the body sensor sector is to have heart rate monitors decline in unit volume and newer devices like baby and pregnancy monitors, headbands, posture monitors, and 3D trackers begin to build momentum.
Tractica research director, Aditya Kaul, said: “The ultimate wearable computer is a piece of smart clothing that one can wear as a garment or a body sensor that can track and measure specific vital signs.
“Both of these device categories are designed to seamlessly integrate with users’ daily lives.”