"The internet will disappear. There will be so many IP addresses, so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won't even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room-" Eric Schmidt Google Chairman >>> How will all of these things be connected? Through the clothing we wear.
FASHION TECHNOLOGY IN A DIGITAL AGE
The beginnings of a fundamental transformation in the way we create, communicate, and consume fashion are already taking shape. The 18th and 19th centuries, the first and second industrial revolutions fundamentally transformed clothing manufacturing. In the 20th century, the third industrial revolution in the form of information technology, has revolutionized the way we communicate and consume fashion, forcing the industry to rethink it's broken system for the digital age.
But even as fashion grapples with the far reaching implications of the internet, a fourth industrial revolution- powered by a constellation of new innovations across the physical, digital, and biological worlds- is already driving a new wave of profound change across the global economy. The internet of things is comprised of billions of 'Smart Things' and the number of things connected to the internet is poised to reach 50 Billion by 2020.
A decade ago, almost nobody could predict that more than a million people would buy a watch that not only tells the time, but reads your text messages, checks the weather and tracks your workouts, too. But that's exactly what happened. The new age of Wearables tap into the connected self- they're laden with smart sensors, and make use of a web connection, usually using bluetooth to connect wirelessly to your smartphone.
They use these sensors to connect to you to help you become a more capable human so you can achieve goals such as staying fit, active, losing weight, or being more organized. The Future of Smart Clothing will link the physical world to the internet with intuitive gestures that have the potential to change our relationship with the world around us.
5G, a next-generation cellular network technology promises speeds 100 times faster than your current smartphone plan. With download speeds like that, it’ll be easier than ever to build smart homes and smart cities. Practically any internet-connected device including Fashion Technology will become a potential supercomputer.
IN THE FUTURE EVERYTHING WILL BE CONNECTED
This is just the beginning. Wearable Technology and Smart Textiles are currently where the internet was in the 90's. The next decade will move faster now than the last thirty years combined as information moves faster now than ever. Generation Z was born digital and wants to wear the internet- this generation will grow up and expect everything to be connected. The role technology plays in our lives is rapidly growing, as we become increasingly dependent on it and less willing to separate ourselves from it.
The rise of Wearable Technology, from fitness trackers and the Apple Watch to Snapchats Spectacles and Microsofts Hololens, has been fueled by technology's tendency to get faster and smaller at the same time. If we can be sure of anything, it's that the Future means we will be wearing our Technology on the outside, and in the Future, on the inside as well. At Tech Noir Lab we know that as innovation continues moving forward, all interfaces will disappear. In the next five years products like Smartwatches and mobiles will be non-existent and everything will become embedded into our clothing.