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This IDC study profiles top vendors in the smart clothing market from around the world and provides an overview of the smart clothing market. Smart clothing as defined by IDC includes all manner of connected clothing, ranging from shirts and coats to socks, pants, and gloves. IDC believes that initially health and wellness have driven the use case for wearables over the past few years, and smart clothing continues to accelerate this trend. The next few years are expected to be foundational to grow the smart clothing market.
"Smart clothing, like the wearables market in general, is just getting started, but we are seeing innovative ways that these deliver value to users," say study authors Emily Taylor, senior analyst for Consumer Services and Mobility, and Ramon Llamas, research manager, Wearable and Mobile Phones. "Clearly, health and fitness is the low-hanging fruit for customers, particularly those who are eager to track and improve their performance with data on heart rate, breathing rate, and activity. What will be interesting to watch in the future is how smart clothing develops with more sensors and applications, and how it moves from niche users to the mass market."