First of all: Apart from a jumper or socks or gloves that actually fit and look “smart” it is not quite that what I had in mind. No, what has been looked into for the last couple of years now, is a way to make the things you wear day in day out, pick up signals and translate it in a certain way. For example: build in sensors that register heartbeat and blood pressure, the number of steps you do every day. Even more! You can already buy the bracelets etc offcourse but now they are thinking further and putting it into clothes: so called “wearable tech”.
"The fact that users instinctively protect their heads more than other body parts" is another plus, Sony argues, as it could deploy more sensitive sensors with less risk of the delicate tech being damaged. Sony details that the wig, which could play host to a GPS sensor, "may have a fancy or funny appearance", or could be inconspicuous. The definition of a wig shouldn't restrict the high-tech hairpiece to being made from just one type of hair, and could feature wool, feathers, yak or horse hair or even bunny…lol While Sony hasn't revealed any plans to actually start work on building the smart wig, getting the patent application filed means that Sony's executives can sleep easy, knowing that if rival tech companies try to steal their amazing idea, there'll be hell toupé….pardon the pun…..
Now you can wear your masseuse…do not use in water and no oil needed I’d say..lol
And then there is another company, King Gee, who is using nano technology for the ultimate clothes..wait for it… :
Already the multibillion-dollar intelligent clothing industry, which incorporates smart fabrics and nanofibres as well as wearable technology, has produced hundreds of smart-garment designs. There's a shirt that rolls up its own sleeves when the wearer gets too hot, a solar tie that charges your mobile phone, a suit with a built-in iPod, clothes that can change colour, gloves with built-in heaters, a shirt that enables you to be hugged via a mobile phone and a business suit that claims to kill swine flu when it comes into contact with the fabric.
In Australia, the CSIRO is leading local small clothing research and development. The organisation's textile and fibre technology department in Geelong is working on a range of intelligent textiles and garments, including high-tech yarns made from carbon nanotubes which could eventually be used to develop anti-ballistic and energy storing clothing for military purposes; garments that can be tracked via GPS systems to help locate wounded soldiers or missing miners; and clothes that can automatically contract around a wound to prevent blood loss. The team is also developing a range of garments with embedded wireless sensors (here's where the stainless steel and other conductive fibres come in !) with a variety of sports and medical applications, including remote rehabilitation and clothes that can notify nursing staff if a patient falls over. Dr Richard Helmer from the CSIRO says clothing is the perfect platform for many new technologies.
''It makes sense to be able to integrate new technologies and capabilities into our clothes,'' he says. Council of Textiles and Fashion Industries of Australia executive director Jo Kellock says many of the initial applications have been in the areas of medicine, military and things like extreme sports, but as the research and development progresses ''we will see it seeping through into mainstream fashion as designers look for a competitive edge and as we begin to think more about garment functionality and sustainability''.
UK hosiery brand Aristoc has developed fashion tights infused with fragrant oils, moisturiser and vitamins.
Levi launched the world's first iPod-enabled jeans and in February Adidas will launch a range of shoes that double as an ''augmented reality'' game, where the sneakers are also the game controllers.
Meanwhile, King Gee plans to increase its intelligent fabric range as the technology becomes more affordable. ''One of the challenges with a lot of these treatments is that they're new and a lot of R&D has gone into them, sometimes they can be very expensive,'' says King Gee marketing and communications manager, Mirjana Dujkovic. ''But as they become more available and affordable, I think we'll be seeing a lot more of them in everyday brands,'' she says.
Not only that but if you were to spin the stainless steel tops from last week separately you can knit or weave in circuits to make your garment super hero smart !
It also works great as longlasting socks that will have a hard time wearing out! And is great for sweaty feet or armpits for that matter.
The Steel is 316L which means it doesn’t rust, so you can wash it as any normal garment or blend.
If you do want to get the natural Super Hero top and dye it your self one tip: PLEASE DO NOT MICROWAVE! There is steel in the blend so its best not to introduce it to high micro waves which will make the machine go “Bang!”….but then again, Im sure you are not drying your bras with underwires in the microwave either…. ?
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