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Innovation Insight: Smart Fabric Innovations Weave Efficiency Into the Workforce

Published: 18 December 2012

ID: G00234520

Analyst(s): Anshul Gupta , Angela McIntyre


Smart fabrics are contributing to the growing big data trend and have significant implications for improved employee productivity and well-being. IT leaders need to prepare as this still-emerging technology becomes mainstream, considering how to balance its benefits with its costs.

Table Of Contents


  • Innovation Description/Definition
    • Collecting Data From Integrated Sensors for New Insights
    • Energy Harvesting: Collecting a Charge
    • Displaying Light or Producing Heat
    • Controllers for Other Electronics
  • Business Impact
    • Healthcare
    • Garment and Textile Industries
    • Construction and Property Management
    • Military and First Responders
    • Automotive Use
    • Biomechanical Analysis
    • Innovation Impact Window
    • IT Impact
    • Adoption Rate
  • Risks

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