Smart Clothing Design Issues in Military Applications

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 795)


Smart clothes development history started in the military field and this still remains a main application field. A soldier is like a high-performance athlete, where monitoring of physical and physiological capabilities of primary importance. Wearable systems and smart clothes can answer this need appropriately. Smart cloth represents a “second skin” that has a close, “intimate” relation with the human body. The relation is physiological, psychological, biomechanical and ergonomical. Effectiveness of functional wear is based on the integration of all these considerations into the design of a smart clothing system. The design of smart cloth is crucial to obtain the best results. Identifying all the steps involved in the co-design workflow can prevent a decrease in wearer’s performance ensuring a more successful design. This paper presents all the steps involved in the workflow for the design of a proposed solution of a smart garment for monitoring soldier’s performance.


Human factors Smart clothing Wearable monitoring Military 



The authors would like to thank you all the subjects that took parts in the study for their patience, commitments, and motivated collaboration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Military AcademyBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Military Hospital Queen AstridBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Department of DesignPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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