DailyDirt: Wearables That Actually Do Stuff

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Lately, it seems like a variety of gadgets are vying to be worn -- smartwatches, smartglasses, and a bunch of other trinkets that claim to be smart and try to be accessories to your accessories. Before this new wearables trend, textile researchers have been (and still are) working on embedding various functions directly into clothing. The trick is making clothing that can do other stuff without taking away any features of traditional clothing -- like being able to machine wash and dry them. Here are just a few links on smart textiles that might make for better wearable items. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: agnw, clothing, conductive fibers, gadgets, nanotech, silver nanowire, smart fabric, smart shirts, smart socks, smart textiles, wearables


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    MrTroy (profile), 13 Jan 2015 @ 11:35pm

    Re: where do you put the batteries?

    We already have solar powered watches, and watches that are charged from the kinetic energy of you moving your hand around.

    There are a bunch of projects around the place for even more alternative portable energy generation methods. Shoe inserts to generate power from walking, perhaps electronics to generate power from bending and unbending components when you flex your elbows and knees - you'd get a slight workout at the same time!

    On the other hand, you need to wash your PJs and socks... so you recharge the control unit (which in the RL polo shirt isn't washable) at the same time as the clothes are being washed.

    I'm not completely sure what your smart tie would do, other than notify your boss when you're browsing websites when you should be working... I think I'd just forget to charge that one. Accidentally, of course!

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