Wearable and smart responsive textiles

Lihua Lou, Weijie Yu, Seshadri Ramkumar

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This chapter provides an overview of the development of smart textiles over the past 20 years, their current status, and future prospects in smart textiles. Developments in smart and wearable textiles have had a great impact on daily life in recent years. These textiles have a large range of applications, for example wearable electronics, barrier membranes, phase change materials, shape memory materials, optical materials, and other functional textiles, which provide convenience, comfort, and sense of technology to satisfy humans’ imagined and dreamed smart life. The chapter analyses the definitions, categories, functions, applications, and sustainability of smart textiles. It shows that interdisciplinary research is necessary for designing smart textiles, including computer and sensor technology, material research, engineering, fashion design, marketing analysis, etc. To avoid possible waster production, chemical pollution, energy consumption caused by design defects of wearable textiles, an eco-friendly and sustainable design method should be proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigh Performance Technical Textiles
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781119325062
ISBN (Print)9781119325017
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Barrier membranes
  • Optical materials
  • Phase change materials
  • Shape memory materials
  • Smart textiles
  • Sustainable design method
  • Wearable electronics


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