What Are Smart Textiles?

Smart textiles are fabrics that have been designed and manufactured to include technologies that provide the wearer with increased functionality. These textiles have numerous potential applications, such as the ability to communicate with other devices, conduct energy, transform into other materials and protect the wearer from environmental hazards.

Other examples of smart textiles include fabrics capable of releasing medication or moisturizer in to the skin, fabrics that help control the vibration of muscles during athletic activities, and materials that regulate body temperature. There are also simpler, aesthetic applications for smart textiles, including those that can change color, light up in patterns or potentially display pictures and video.