TY - CHAP A1 - Jennifer Xiaopei Wu A2 - Li Li ED1 - Xufeng Dong Y1 - 2019-11-13 PY - 2019 T1 - An Introduction to Wearable Technology and Smart Textiles and Apparel: Terminology, Statistics, Evolution, and Challenges N2 - During the past 100 years, a large number of new materials have been developed, which provide us with various tools, wares, clothes, etc. with good properties but low weight and low cost. Recently, smart soft materials that can respond to an external stimulus (such as an electric field, magnetic field, sound, light, temperature, pH, and so on) as well as functional soft materials that are electronically, magnetically, or thermally conductive have attracted considerable attention. They have application potentials in various fields. To some extent, they are the way to fulfill most of the "black technology" described in the world of science fiction. This book introduces several smart soft materials and functional soft materials, which are of interest to scholars in related fields. BT - Smart and Functional Soft Materials SP - Ch. 6 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.86560 DO - 10.5772/intechopen.86560 SN - 978-1-78984-717-8 PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-05-08 ER -