Introduction to Smart Textiles

  • Stefan Schneegass
  • Oliver Amft
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


This chapter introduces fundamental concepts related to wearable computing, smart textiles, and context awareness. The history of wearable computing is summarized to illustrate the current state of smart textile and garment research. Subsequently, the process to build smart textiles from fabric production, sensor and actuator integration, contacting and integration, as well as communication, is summarized with notes and links to relevant chapters of this book. The options and specific needs for evaluating smart textiles are described. The chapter concludes by highlighting current and future research and development challenges for smart textiles.


Smart Textile Context Awareness Electrical Muscle Stimulation Wearable Computer Wearable Computing 
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This chapter was supported by the European Union 7th Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No. 323849.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.University of PassauPassauGermany

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