Summary: Nanospinning, 4D Printing, NFC, Smart Textiles will soon change what we wear and how intelligent our clothes are.
Original author and publication date: ISPO TEXTRENDS – November 27, 2019
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: When everything changes, our clothes also change. That’s why we are no longer wearing animal skins, fig leaves, or togas. But, what are we going to do when our clothes are as intelligent as our phones?
From the article:
What innovations will sportswear and functional clothing contain in five years’ time? In modern functional clothing you are protected from wind and weather and enjoy a pleasant wearing comfort. In order to produce functional clothing for the future, work is carried out in many places. ISPO.com provides an overview of groundbreaking technologies: from a membrane technology launched this autumn, to a 4D printing process and chips in clothing, to current research and development on electronic components in textiles.
Trend 1: Nanospinning: The North Face Futurelight Membrane
How does a cyclist protect himself from environmental influences such as rain and wind? Waterproof and breathable membrane fabrics are essential components of both outdoor and urban functional clothing.
The decisive factor here is to find the right balance between the two characteristics for the respective use and situation. Does The North Face achieve this balance with the new Futurelight membrane?
Trend 2: 4D Printing by GRDXKN
Can membrane jackets protect against injuries in the event of a fall from a bicycle? The ingredient brand GRDXKN (pronounced: grid-skin) wants to make this possible soon.
In 4D printing processes, materials are 3D-printed that can be changed over time or environmental influences. In the GRDXKN process, cross-linked polygons of dyed polyurethane are printed on textiles, which are thermoformed during the printing process and form a three-dimensional structure.
Trend 3: Innovative Customer Interactions via NFC Technology by Verisium
How do manufacturers and sellers best inform their customers about product features? The Moscow start-up Verisium offers an exciting opportunity.
NFC chips were originally intended to be incorporated into clothing to make illegal imitations of branded goods more difficult, but Verisium has found new applications for them. The Near-Field Communication Protocol enables devices such as smartphones to interact with the chip.
Trend 4: Research on Smart Textiles at ITA of RWTH Aachen University
Electronic components in functional textiles can not only improve customer interactions, but also save human lives. But how? Many wearables are currently available that record vital functions – heartbeat, body temperature, GPS signal (Movesense sensors). There are also satellite systems that enable rescue operations from emergency situations in remote areas (ProteGear).
The next step in the development of such technologies is the implementation of the functionalities directly into the textile product. Smart textiles are equipped with at least one sensor and one computing unit (microcontroller), sometimes also actuators that can react actively to environmental influences.