Smart and intelligent textiles and fibres are engineered to sense, monitor, track, measure, communicate, transform, conduct, protect, react, dispense and transport. They can be changed by exposure to stimuli, such as electric and magnetic fields, stress, moisture and temperature and to perform a myriad of functions. This broad and eclectic area of textile technology evolved to find solutions to new millennium expectations in apparel and industrial applications in health, aerospace or geotechnical.
In conjunction with long term partners, Deakin University, the TTNA hosted the Smart and Intelligent Textiles Conference to profile products under development and those that have reached commercial markets including wearables as well as smart textiles in sports, medical care and military applications. In short – what has been commercialised and by how much.
The event featured long term friend and colleague of the TTNA, Dr Ing. Dieter Veit, Dept. Head of Department Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University in Germany whose all-embracing and entertaining presentation included a working model of luminous textiles for architectural applications.
It would appear that opportunities in the field of smart and intelligent textile abound with the world market estimated to exceed AUD 4 billion by 2025.