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Title: The future design direction of smart clothing development
Authors: Ariyatum, B
Holland, R
Harrison, DJ
Kazi, T
Keywords: Smart clothing;New product development process;User research;Design strategy
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Taylor and Francis: Published on behalf of the Textile Institute
Citation: Journal of the Textile Institute, 96(4): 199 - 210, Aug 2005
Abstract: Literature indicates that Smart Clothing applications, the next generation of clothing and electronic products, have been struggling to enter the mass market because the consumers’ latent needs have not been recognised. Moreover, the design direction of Smart Clothes remains unclear and unfocused. Nevertheless, a clear design direction is necessary for all product development. Therefore, this research aims to identify the design directions of the emerging Smart Clothes industry by conducting a questionnaire survey and focus groups with its major design contributors. The results reveal that the current strategy of embedding a wide range of electronic functions in a garment is not suitable. This is primarily because it does not match the users’ requirements, purchasing criteria and lifestyle. The results highlight the respondents’ preference for personal healthcare and sportswear applications that suit their lifestyle, are aesthetically attractive, and provide a practical function.
ISSN: 0040-5000
Appears in Collections:Design
Dept of Design Research Papers

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