BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION IN SMART CLOTHING DEVELOPMENT
As smart clothing development involves many disciplines, the challenge is to reconcile the different views. A strategic approach and NPD process for this collaboration is required. An in-depth understanding about every discipline's work method and personal opinion on how to achieve an optimum of collaboration is needed. This paper examines these issues and reveals the benefits and challenges of collaboration and the future design direction of smart clothing. The result indicates that this industry will take a functional approach. To achieve a radical outcome, the optimum balance between technology and fashion, each discipline needs to go beyond their existing creative boundary and take the other disciplines' work methods into consideration.