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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    Get off my cyber-lawn! (profile), 14 Jan 2015 @ 7:31am

    Making tin-foil hats stylish since 2015

    Hats dipped in silver nano-wire with an air-gap of 300 nm should serve to efficiently block EVERY wavelength of EMR (unless I am mistaken & forgot my wavelength theory).

    The down side is that I imagine an entire suit made out of this material would make a fine faraday cage and your cellphone, pager, etc would be useless unless carried on the outside of your attire.

    Finally - FANTASTIC survival clothing material for cold environments, warm blankets in emergency kits, etc!

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