Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Smart apparel made of e-textiles on the horizon
Smart apparel made of e-textiles on the horizon
12
Oct '16
Madison Maxey (left) testing her fabric. Courtesy: Loomia
Madison Maxey (left) testing her fabric. Courtesy: Loomia
Technology is sneaking into fashion as we speak, and it is not limited to wearable devices and dresses that light up or change colours. E-textiles featuring the ability to grow, communicate and conduct energy, and incorporating some advanced digital components have already been invented to close the gap between technology and textiles.

Designers who have a knack for wearable technology are working on turning these smart fabric concepts into a reality. Madison Maxey, founder of Loomia (formerly The Crated), is one such innovative designer/coder who brings design and technology together.

Winner of the Topshop’s Top Pitch wearable tech bootcamp, Maxey is the developer of INTELiTEX circuit printing technology that boasts of conductive fabric and smart ink. Her company is diligently working towards incorporating this technology into everyday apparel, with the fabric being all about finding ways to replace wiring in smart garments in a way that is affordable, reliable and comfortable.

Speaking about her innovative fabric, Maxey told Fibre2Fashion, “Our fabric is all about finding ways to replace wiring in smart garments in a way that is affordable, reliable and comfortable. Electronics make our world so much easier, and I imagine that smart textiles can do the same.”

The designer has some interesting cases in mind for this technology that include heated blazers, stress-detecting and posture-correcting garments, UV-lit construction wear, LED garments, biometric space suits for astronauts and smart onesies for premature infants. She is already working on a heated garment prototype with the Topshop design team after winning the brand’s competition.

However, the possibilities for smart fabrics are not limited to wearables. Maxey has an interesting application in mind for use of these fabrics. She revealed, “One of my favourite examples is having a bed or sheets that wake you with gentle vibration between REM cycles. No more abrupt cellphone alarms!”

One can only wait for her to turn these sheets into a reality and till then, blissfully imagine a world without alarms. She has been in this field for a reason, “I think inspiration is never one thing, or one moment. It has been a collection of life experiences and interests that put me on this path.”

The latest technological development in the field of smart fabrics gives positive hopes regarding the incorporation of technology into everyday apparel. Maxey’s efforts in making tools for smart apparel prove that she definitely foresees top brands making them in the near future. Her goal is to make it easier to produce smart, soft and good products at scale.

The technologically-inclined designer also aims to create a place where designers can research and innovate in the smart textiles industry. Her company Loomia has created the Textile Futures Initiative with the Manufacture Foundation to support creativity and innovation in the space. (KD)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Must ReadView All

Vietnam’s textile & garment exports earn $7.3 bn in Q1

Textiles | On 20th Apr 2018

Vietnam’s textile & garment exports earn $7.3 bn in Q1

Vietnam earned $7.339 billion from textile and garment exports in the ...

Uganda yet to exploit AGOA benefits: US envoy Malac

Apparel/Garments | On 20th Apr 2018

Uganda yet to exploit AGOA benefits: US envoy Malac

Uganda is yet to take full advantage of the Africa Growth and...

Courtesy: KBR, Inc

Textiles | On 20th Apr 2018

KBR completes KPIC’s ethylene plant revamp project

KBR, Inc. has successfully completed the ethylene plant revamp...

Interviews View All

Shawn Honeycutt
Bolger & O'Hearn

‘The Indian market is interesting and rather persistent in seeking new...

Saket Garg
Garg Corporation

The biggest challenge is lack of skilled workforce and competition from...

Headhonchos
Indian textile value chain

'One nation, one tax' is a great concept

John Kelley

Textile Events is one of the largest textile fair in the United Kingdom,...

Sandip Bhojani, Manthan Patel

Krypthm Tradelink LLP is a Surat-based manufacturer of westernwear....

Vikas Banduke

Softech Controls Private Limited (SCPL) is a part of the Cotmac Group, an...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Aditi Somani
Aditi Somani

Aditi Somani specialises in luxury fusion wear with international cuts and ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


April 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
69.9%
No
12.6%
Skip
17.5%

Total Votes: 103

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.1%
No
29.1%
Skip
7.8%

Total Votes: 103

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.4%
No
8.7%
Skip
3.9%

Total Votes: 103

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
82.5%
No
7.8%
Skip
9.7%

Total Votes: 103


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search