By  on August 27, 2019

More science than art, technical textiles can be anything from innovative components for sneakers to the carbon-fiber reinforced plastics that make up about a fifth of an average airliner. Given the futuristic and highly technical nature of their business, European companies are often at the forefront of technologies and trends that will eventually impact the more mainstream apparel industry: That includes robots that sew, fabrics that feel and T-shirts that call the doctor.

Fabrics that Feel YouOver the past decade or so wearable tech has become increasingly commercially viable. A lot of the applications for touchy-feely fabrics tend to start as industrial or medical: A safety coat, developed by Portugal’s Beira University, that lights up when telecommunications workers are subjected to excess levels of radio frequencies, for example.

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