Futuristic Clothes: Electronic Textiles and Wearable Technologies

İşmar Şir E., Kurşun Bahadır S., Kalaoğlu F., Koncar V.

GLOBAL CHALLENGES, vol.4, no.7, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/gch2.201900092
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This review summarizes the recent developments and importance of wearable electronic textiles in the past decade. Wearable electronic textiles are an emerging interdisciplinary research area that requires new design approaches. This challenging interdisciplinary research field brings together specialists in electronics, information technology, microsystems, and textiles to make an innovation in the development of wearable electronic products. Wearable electronic textiles play a key role among various technologies (clothing, communication, information, healthcare monitoring, military, sensors, magnetic shielding, etc.). In this review, applications of wearable electronic textiles are described, including an investigation of their fabrication techniques. This review highlights the basic processes, possible applications, and main materials to build wearable E-textiles and combines the fundamentals of E-textiles for the readers who have different backgrounds. Moreover, reliability, reusability, and efficiency of wearable electronic textiles are discussed together with the opportunities and drawbacks of the wearable E-textiles that are addressed in this review article.