Wearable Technology

Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

Photo by Scubagirl85/Wikimedia Commons Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a way for fabrics to repair themselves with just a little pressure and warm water. The…

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U.S. Army Testing Body Armor Made With Genetically Engineered Silk

Photo by Sony Pictures “Dragon Silk,” a form of spider silk spun by genetically engineered silkworms, may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it could hold a very…

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The "Human Sensor" is a Garment That Responds to Air Pollution

As illnesses and deaths due to air pollution is on the rise, scientists and designers are turning to wearable technology as a way to create cleaner air while waiting for governmental…

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London's Science Museum Hosts Space-Inspired Fashion Show

A jumpsuit that converts human sweat into drinking water. A dress with climate-controlled pouches for storing food on the go. Garments studded with sensors or heating units. Those are…

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Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

Scientists from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have devised a way to three-dimensionally print hair-like structures on both flat and curved surfaces. The technique, dubbed…

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Google, Levi's Create "Smart" Denim Jacket for Urban Cyclists

There’s very little about Google and Levi Strauss’s “smart” jacket that distinguishes it from any other garment a savvy urbanite might sport. With neither…

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Organic-Cotton Undies Fight Odor, Bacteria With Silver Technology

Organic Basics is fighting the funk in your trunk, one pair of undies at a time. The Danish apparel company has developed a line of organic-cotton boxer briefs that keeps your nether…

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MIT's Stretchy "Second Skin" Reduces Wrinkles, Banishes Eye Bags

An incredible new “face lift in a tube” could dramatically reshape the appearance of eye bags and wrinkles without surgery, Gizmodo reports. Developed by scientists at the…

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3D-Printing Breakthrough Could Change the Way We Consume Clothing

The term “fast fashion” is poised to take on a whole new meaning, thanks to a breakthrough in three-dimensional printing that could revolutionize the way clothing and shoes…

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"Smart" Tampon System Could Help Women Monitor Health, Fertility

Photo by Getty Images Few women enjoy getting a visit from Aunt Flo. But what if your period could prove more help than hindrance? A pair of Harvard-trained researchers are working on a…

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MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

Photos by M. Scott Brauer for MIT The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to spearhead an ambitious new project to…

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No More Laundry? These Textiles Clean Themselves With Sunlight

Photo by Caspar Rubin/Unsplash Could this be the end of washing? Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia have discovered a cheap and efficient new way to…

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"Lifepack" is a Solar-Powered, Anti-Theft Backpack for Mobile Workers

HOLD EVERYTHING Certainly Solgaard, himself an avid backpacker, has found his niche. With more than a month left on its Kickstarter campaign, the Lifepack has already achieved its…

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Energy-Harvesting Shoes Could Charge Smartphones With Footsteps

No power outlet? No problem! If a pair of University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers has its way, juicing up a dying smartphone could soon be as easy as plugging it into your shoe. In…

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ThermalTech Launches Line of Solar-Powered "Smart" Jackets

ThermalTech’s cozy jackets suck up power from the sun to keep you toasty this winter. Sleek and comfortable, the innovative jacket uses smart fabric technology, rather than bulky…

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Meet the World's First 3D-Knitted Casual Shoe

A Los Angeles-based footwear company has created what it dubs the world’s first three-dimensionally knitted casual shoe. JS Shoe describes the unisex shoe, which is available for…

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U.K. Students Create Wearable Shelter for Syrian Refugees

In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, a group of graduate students from London’s Royal College of Art have created a hooded jacket that deploys into a sleeping bag or tent…

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Pollution-Fighting "Plant Backpack" Provides Instant Fresh Air

Photo by Shutterstock Fresh air on demand? That’s the idea behind the “plant backpack,” an out-of-the-box concept that could replace flimsy paper masks in the fight…

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