AiQ is regarded as a pioneer in the smart clothing industry. Starting as the Innovation Group within KingsMetal Fiber, a leader in stainless steel fiber based woven fabric for specialty glass applications such as automotive glass.
The phenomenal growth in IoT ecosystem has brought out several hundreds of types of tiny low power sensors that can sense a variety of status & activity fuelling the M2M and IOT industries.
However, when it comes to sensing the human condition & activity in a non-invasive manner, there is still a long way to go in the development of appropriate technologies and regulatory frameworks.
When fully evolved, we can expect to see a complete paradigm shift in the healthcare industry aided by advances in big data, machine learning leveraging the physiological data that is continuously acquired by the sensors.
Until we get to a stage where a sensor can be printed on a human body or even embedded into it, leveraging textile form factors to serve as the 2nd skin layer to house the sensors to collect physiological information.
The clothes we wear, havent really changed in their core functionality in thousands of years.
AiQ is pioneering the effort to alter the status quo by fusing semiconductors with textiles to create a new generation of apparel and other textile form factors that are intelligent, connected to a network spanning PAN, LAN & WAN and either solve specific problems or enrich certain slices of life.
While some analysts and media tend to slot Smart Clothing as a part of Wearables industry, AiQ views Smart Clothing and e-Textiles as additional nodes in the IoT network. Not all Smart Clothing & e-textiles are wearables – examples will be smart mattresses that can be used for sleep monitoring or intelligent automobile upholstery.