Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology

Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology

2nd Edition - September 16, 2022

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  • Editors: Jane McCann, David Bryson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195260
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128205778

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Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology, Second Edition focuses on the design process, material selection, garment construction, and new production techniques for smart clothing. Building on the success of the previous edition, this book brings wearable technologies ever closer to market with its design-led approach to the integration of technologies into textiles. This design-led, cross-disciplinary approach to the development of hybrid processes ensures that results are both attractive and usable to wider audiences. The book will also help designers adapt their product development processes in response to novel textile and garment manufacturing technologies. Case studies showing best practices and warning of pitfalls help the reader develop applications and products in the real world. The differences between testing and design for smart and traditional clothes are also discussed.

Key Features

  • Features new chapters on textile processes including knit, weave, print and embroidery for specialist Smart Clothing and footwear applications, as well as for personal protection
  • Provides an update on current applications and investigates possible future developments in the integration of technology into clothing
  • Raises important issues around end-of-life and disposal of smart clothing and wearable technologies


Textile, fashion, and product designers. Manufacturers of textile, wearables, electronic and telecom systems. Researchers looking at technological applications of smart wearables

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Introduction: Past, Present and Future
    1. Clothing and Embedded Technology: Past Challenges, Future Opportunities
    2. History of Wearable Computing, wearable electronics and smart clothing
    3. Why Consumers Resist Wearables and What to Do About It

    Part 2: Textiles and Technologies
    4. Sustainable fibre development from bio-materials
    5. Woven Structures and their impact on the function and performance of Smart Clothing
    6. The application of knitting technologies within e-textiles
    7. Digital embroidery techniques and applications for smart clothing and wearable technology
    8. Sensors and Computing Systems in Smart Clothing
    9. Power supply sources for smart textiles
    10. Smart colour: textile innovation in colouration from manufacturing techniques to applications for smart clothing and wearable technology

    Part 3: Smart Garment Development
    11. Designing smart clothing and wearable technology for the body: Anatomical and physiological considerations
    12. Collaborative Design Principles for Smart Clothing and Wearable Technology
    13. Identification of Design Requirements for Smart Clothing and Wearable Technology
    14. Preparation for Smart Clothing Production
    15. A methodology for the effective design specification of garments with integrated wearable technology
    16. Applying people-Centred design methods to enhance the development of wearable technology within everyday life
    17. Design Strategies in E-Textiles

    Part 4: Smart Clothing Production and Applications
    18. Smart Footwear: Through a Designer's Perspective
    19. Smart clothing and wearable technology for the performing arts
    20. Smart Clothing and wearable technology in medical and healthcare applications
    21. Smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Lessons Learned from COVID-19 in 2020

Product details

  • No. of pages: 626
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: September 16, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195260
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128205778

About the Editors

Jane McCann

Since establishing a unique Masters programme in Performance Sportswear Design (University of Derby, 1995-2003) and then leading research in Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology (University of Wales, Newport, 2004-2012), Jane’s practice has continued to be focused on co-design methodology, bringing together representatives from academia and industry, along with end-users, where a new ‘shared language’ is required to break down barriers between disparate disciplines. She was the recipient of the ‘Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education’ (2003), presented at the Royal College of Art, and awarded her Professorship from the University of Wales, Newport (2012). Her cross-disciplinary approach led to Erasmus exchanges, Leonardo projects, publication and continuing academic engagement in China. Both during her time in academia, and since working as an independent design and research consultant, back in Northern Ireland (from 2014 onwards), the need for more responsible, sustainable, and user-friendly product development has escalated in relation to her on-going areas of interest in the design of functional clothing as well as in Natural Fibre Composites design applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Design and Research Consultant

David Bryson

David Bryson is a Senior Lecturer in the Human Sciences Research Centre at the University of Derby, UK. His research interests include the use of scientific photography and multimedia to support learning teaching and assessment in applied science, anatomy and osteology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology and Photography, School of Human Sciences Research Centre, University of Derby, UK

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