Wearable Technology

Aerochromics: Clothing That Changes Color When Exposed to Air Pollution

Faced with a world of increasing outdoor air pollution, designer Nikolas Gregory Bentel decided to help fellow city dwellers monitor their own environments. Bentel has recently released…

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Top 7 Technological Innovations of 2016 (Vote for the Most Futuristic)

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"Sound Shirt" Helps Deaf People "Feel" Classical Music

The hearing-impaired and even the deaf can now experience music, in a new collaboration between the Junge Symphoniker Hamburg Orchestra in Germany and wearable tech company CuteCircuit.…

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Adidas Debuts First Shoe Made Almost Completely by Robots

FUTURE SHOE Adidas also harnessed a motion-capture technology called “Aramis” to map the natural movement of the foot and create a more supportive and flexible…

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Wair: World's Scarf to Filter Pollution, Monitor Air Quality in Real Time

What if a scarf could neutralize harmful emissions that you breath in on your commute to work? After a particularly polluted ride to work through Paris, Caroline van Renterghem founded…

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Lightweight Wearable Tech Transforms Body Heat into Electricity

Imagine a future where working up a sweat not only does your body good, but it’ll also keep your favorite devices humming. That’s the goal of researchers at North Carolina…

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New "Hybrid Energy" Fabric Converts Sunlight, Movement Into Electricity

“Power dressing” no longer means what you think it means. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a fabric that will not only keep you clothed but…

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A Robot Just Made an Entire T-Shirt

The robotic revolution isn’t coming; it’s already here. For that you can thank—or blame—Sewbo, a Seattle-based startup that claims to have created the first industrial…

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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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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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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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