14.09.2015 CONNECTED OBJECTS

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Les objets connectes

Last July, the 'Financial Times' published its list of countries with the greatest use of connected objects. France placed third, just after the United States, and China was the leader. At the end of 2012 there were around 8.7 billion connected objects* in the world, and there will be 80 billion in 2020*. So it's a growth market and one that promises to become more accessible. But does fashion really a place in the Internet of Things? As Pascal Denizart, CETI general manager, explains, 'Connected textiles are in the group of what we call smart textiles ( . . . ). They can be integrated into apparel or fashion accessories. In fact, everything depends on how we want to use them'. For now, the sector is primarily concentrated on sports with all the performance measurements and health-related uses. But Géraldine Bouchot, Carlin editorial director for trends and forecasting, clarifies, 'being connected is a groundswell trend that will, of course, include fashion . . . when manufacturing costs and ease of use are integrated'. So it's just a question of time, and the head start that fashion brands take will be decisive. 'Today there are numerous research initiatives concerning conductive energy nano-threads and interactive textiles, such as with Google and Levis', Ms. Bouchot continues, 'There's no doubt this research will help textile manufacturers take the key steps to adopt connected apparel'. It seems clear that connected fashion has a great future ahead.


79C, CARLIN INTERNATIONAL, CETI, CITYZEN SCIENCES, INVENTHYS, MODELAB, PRIMO 1D, THINGWORX and others will be at TRAFFIC.


*Sources: Dassault Systèmes and IDATE

Photo: Studio Milou © Fernando Javier Urquijo


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