Wearable Technology

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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Coming Soon: Clothes That Convert Solar Energy Into Heat

Photo by Shutterstock A new material developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be used for self-warming clothing that hones heat from the sun. Made…

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L'Oréal Debuts UV-Monitoring "Smart" Skin Patch at CES

Cosmetic giant L’Oreal’s latest foray into wearable technology is surprisingly not an amped up lipstick or eye shadow, but instead a UV tracking sticker that could help prevent skin…

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Under Armour Unveils "Smart" Sneaker That Tracks Your Workouts

Forget dongles, wristbands, and biosensor pads—the next wave of activity trackers will be built into our clothing. At least, that’s the idea that Under Armour is banking on. At…

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Knit a Pair of Netflix Socks That Pause Your Show If You Fall Asleep

SMART SOCKS You’ll get a warning before that happens via an LED light in the cuff, which will flash red before the signal transmits. To continue watching your show uninterrupted,…

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ShiftWear Lets You Customize Your Sneakers Via Smartphone

An incredible feat of wearable technology could be your new, customizable kicks. The amazing new sneaker company, ShiftWear, fuses a digital screen and wearable fabric, enabling fashion…

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"Dress For Our Time" Reveals Effects of Climate Change Worldwide

As 190 nations gather in Paris today to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, one dress holds court at London’s St. Pancras International Station as a symbol…

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Athena: A Wearable Device Designed to Reduce Sexual Assault

The tiny Athena device could help keep women safe from sexual assault. Designed by startup Roar For Good, the prevention device can be worn easily on a belt loop or on a necklace. When…

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CuteCircuit Designs High-Tech LED Airline Uniforms for EasyJet

HEAVEN SENT Engineers will see similar uniform upgrades, such as LEDs in jacket hoods to provide hands-free illumination for aircraft inspections and maintenance. Other improvements…

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