Top 5 Smart Fabrics & Intelligent clothing
Technology is everywhere around us, and soon, it will be on us! Read on for a snapshot of what clothing will be made of in the years to come. Our top 5 includes new smart fabrics and existing fabrics that have been enhanced to help the wearer accomplish tasks…. like survival for example! Some are already on the market and others are only at research stage, but all of them blew our minds! Did we miss out on a smart fabric? Please tell us at the bottom of the article!
Wear a Scough
Scough is a company from New York that had a brilliant idea and made it a reality: stylish scarves that filter and clean the air you breathe! There are 3 reasons why you’d want to buy a Scough:
1. The scarves are truly beautiful, handmade and affordable!
2. The carbon filter included in the pocket is the same technology that the military uses to protect against chemical warfare. Now it protects you against flu and pollution!
3. Scough charitable policy “buy one; give one” donates vaccines to save children all around the world
With all the recent news of the dangerous levels of pollution in our capital cities, we reckon these scarves are going to be hit. Oh yeah hang on, they already are! All the scarves on the website are sold out!
Climachill by Adidas
Last week, Adidas launched a new “cool” collection, Climachill. The brand managed to include titanium and aluminium into the fabric of the garments in order to give the wearer a cold sensation while working out… The technology developed by Adidas is quite innovative indeed since the chilling sensations are only provided when the body is warm. This enables longer training sessions and better performance for athletes… Mind blowing, isn’t it? Yep, and you’re running out of excuses not to workout…
Smart shirt by Cityzen Sciences
Cityzen Sciences is a French company that started creating smart textiles 6 years ago. Last year, they came up with what would be the prototype of a “d-shirt” (Digital T-Shirt). The public is very enthusiastic about this, the company even won a prize in the “inclusive innovation” category at CES Las Vegas 2013.
This shirt has quite a large number of functions such as heart rate monitor, built-in GPS, accelerometer, altimeter… Cityzen Sciences is also running a project called Smart Sensing aimed at finding new features for smart textile. One to watch out for!
Adaptative survival clothing
****This one goes out to Katniss Everdeen!**** Wearable Senses, a research unit of the Eindhoven University of Technology, is running a project about survival clothing. Jacqueline Nanne developed a concept of what should be the sweater of the future, using temperature and moisture regulation properties of wool.
The sweater is composed of 3 layers:
• The “inner” is the base of the garment, and it responds to the body temperature (Fabric opens when you are exercising, and closes when you are resting);
• The “middle” is the insulating layer and the only one that is not thermoregulatory;
• The “outer” which adapts to climate changes (the fabric opens when the weather is nice and vice versa).
Watch the video for more information… Chances are you’ll be speechless!
The Karma Chameleon project
Joanna Berzowska, professor at the Fine Art Concordia University of Montreal presented her project at the Smart Fabric conference of San Francisco last year. This project is aimed at including electronic or computer functions within the fibre of the textile itself.
This means, in the words of Emily Essert, that “the fibres consist of multiple layers of polymers, which, when stretched and drawn out to a small diameter, begin to interact with each other”. The possibilities brought by this incredible innovation would create attributes such as garments that change shapes and colours on their own, or clothes that use our energy to charge phones… Unfortunately, these technologies won’t be seen in stores for another 10 to 20 years… and we already can’t wait!