Weaving machines will be able to alter the material of the weft and warp, as well as the density and weave pattern in a single continuous piece of fabric. They will also be able to weave in 3 Dimensions to produce garments without seams, tailored to fit any body shape.
This will enable smart fabrics to become ubiquitous, for example allowing electrical power or data to be moved around the the wearer without wires or to provide support for optimal biomechanical movement or to provide protection.
as an example – consider a seamless sports top/ T-shirt with high strength kevlar woven directly in to provide ballistic protection and conducting material to enable health monitoring (i.e. surface temperature, sweat composition), all while providing a next to skin comfort for wearing all day.
likely to be combined with laser scanning and advances in materials