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  • Connected clothing is emerging off the catwalk
  • Connected clothing is emerging off the catwalk
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How is technology changing the way we dress?

Are you too busy to take out your debit card to pay for coffee? Or wish you could get directions without looking at your phone? Thanks to new innovations in the fashtech world, wearables are moving way beyond wristbands. But will smart clothing be a passing fad or a future must-have?

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Despite predictions from 2014 that shipments of smart garments would reach 26 million this year – surpassing fitness trackers along the way – connected clothing hasn't quite broken into the mainstream. [1] And while Fitbits and Apple Watches have become commonplace, the forecast for smart garments is a little more modest; sales are expected to rise from one million units in 2016 to 5.3 million in 2017. [2]

Given that clothes made from mostly natural threads have sufficed throughout history, the business case for functional fibres seems niche at best. But there are distinct ...



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