Wearable technology and smart clothing are poised to revolutionize our living environment. Smart accessories such as smartwatches, smart wristbands are gaining their popularity in the consumer market. We have also seen accelerated developments in other smart wearable devices such as smart chest band for monitoring and communicating vital signs (such as heart rate, breathing, oxygen consumption), smart shoe sole to monitor wearer’s activities and foot pressure distribution, and smart sportswear for monitoring and digitalizing body motion.
The future of wearable technology and smart clothing is however very much dependent on the accuracy and reliability of wearable sensing technologies, the ability of wearable actuators to respond the changes of human conditions and environment, the seamless integration of sensors, actuators, energy storage devices and communication devices in fashionable products without compromising comfort, appearance, and easy-care.
In this presentation, recent developments in smart and multi-functional fibrous materials and clothing, Cornell’s research efforts in this area in particular, will be reviewed. The functions and remaining challenges of these state-of-the-art technologies will be discussed.