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Smart Clothing

Your underwear won't be able to help you with your taxes, but your briefs may soon know when you need air. Smart fashions are the next wave in textiles and they promise to dazzle consumers with their style and innovation. Here are some of the hot products to look for on the runways of the  future.

Researchers in the UK have developed an adaptive fabric that controls air flow by opening invisible micro shutters when the humidity goes up. A separate layer keeps the rain out even when air is flowing. Adaptive fabrics like this are now being designed in a variety of ways for undergarments, sports wear and fashion products.

Painting the family room? No need to change the drapes, just press a hidden button to adjust the color and texture to match your new decor. New inter-connection technologies using conductive fabrics allow sensors and processing devices to be networked together. This technology can produce fabrics that change color to suit your mood, or your new handbag. The military is also interested in this chameleon-like technology to improve camouflage techniques.

headgear with eye pieceAnother area of development in smart clothing is wearable computing. Head mounted displays are already available for purchase online. Other high tech gear include fabric keypads embedded in the wrist sleeve of your jacket and backpacks with MP3 players, GPS and battery charging solar panels.

These new "techstyles" are being designed differently than your Grandmother's flannel pajamas. Smart clothing design requires a team of artists, designers, scientists and engineers bringing their individual talents together to create garments that are as appealing as they are functional.

Biotechnology has the potential to make textile manufacturing cheaper, with less of an impact on the environment.

Expect to see plenty of innovation in the textile and fashion industries in the next few years-- thanks to advancements in bioengineering, nano technology and 3D scanning techniques.

The Future of Fashion

Nicole Scherzinger in first ever Twitter dress

Future Fashion Articles, Blogs and Web Sites

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Future Fashion Articles
Title Source Date
Few 'wearables' balance fashion and function PhysOrg 01/14
A smarter sock PhysOrg 12/13
3D-printed lingerie hits the catwalk Gizmag 11/13
Ultra-flexible battery's performance rises to meet demands of wearable electronics PhysOrg 11/13
Electronic clothing controlled by smart phone youtube 10/13
Smart Cap senses fatigue Smart Cap 09/13
Relax! Slip on an electric vest to knead away stress Cornell University 09/13
Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory Cornell University 01/12
MagnetU searches for nearby social matches Gizmag 12/11
Future Fabrics Gizmag 12/11
Fitted Fashion Uses 3D Scanners to Create Custom-Fit Jeans Mashable 11/11
Smart Fibers NSF 07/11
How Lady Gaga Just Reinvented Eye Contact Gizmodo 01/11
Tech Clothing Wonders PC World 11/10
Waterproof LEDs can be implanted under your skin io9 10/10
Fibers that can hear and sing PhysOrg 07/10
Design Concepts: Future Fashion Switched 05/10
Futuristic fashion fabric FutureTrip 04/10
’Nano-Camo’ Clothing Coming Photonics.com 04/09
The Future Of Fashion? The Huffington Post 01/10
Interactive design: where fashion, technology and art meet and mingle Columbia News Service 02/09
Beyond the jumpsuit: the future of space fashion NewScientist 02/09
'Smart fabrics' that monitor health PhysOrg 12/08
Futuristic Cyber Suit keeps you safe down dark lanes Gizmo Watch 01/08
Electric fashion slide show Forbes 05/08
Built-in thermal sensors for fireman Viking 04/07
Smart Pants Science Daily 04/06

 

Future Fashion Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
Color changing fabric Express Textile
Electric fashion slide show Forbes
Electric Plaid International Fashion Machines
Electronic Sensing Jewelry Philips
Electronic Tattoos - Interactive Skin Art Philips
Future of Fashion Ian Pearson, BT
Futuristic Fashions Meet The Greens (for students)
The Hug Shirt™ Cute Circuit
LumiGram Fiber Optic clothing
Turn-signal jacket gives cyclists direction SyFy Dvice

 

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