Why are you still wearing “stupid” clothes?

    Intel CEO Brian Krzhanich at the May Code conference in California staged a show. During a performance on stage, he suddenly unbuttoned his shirt. Beneath it was something like a bicycle jersey. Krzhanich showed the screen of his smartphone, and the audience saw how his heartbeat accelerates.



    Imagine that your clothes advise when and to which doctor you should make an appointment. Or the application in the smartphone is configured depending on your mood. “Smart clothes” offers amazing opportunities.

    We at MadRobots, of course, are following this direction with interest. Here you can find the sensational pillow Ostrich Pillow. And today we decided to collect in one post the most interesting new high-tech clothes, some of which may even save your life in the future. If you come across other curious “smart things”, share the finds in the comments.

    A shirt that knows everything about your health


    Intel is developing wearable technology through its new Edison miniature computer in partnership with AiQ Smart Clothing . This Taiwanese company has been experimenting with weaving stainless steel into yarn since 2009.

    Over the five years of operation, AiQ has released several products from high-tech textiles. The BioMan shirt (something similar was just shown by Brian Krzhanich) is perhaps the most interesting achievement of the company. It connects to the phone via Bluetooth, continuously monitors your breathing, heartbeat and body temperature. It is important that in this shirt you can sweat, mash it, and then throw it into the washing machine. She will continue to work.



    If you rarely do sports, then you can limit yourself to AIQ winter gloves for working with touch screens (although this is already difficult to surprise). There are heated clothes. Jackets with LEDs. And - for the most cautious - clothes that protect against electromagnetic and radioactive radiation.

    Many will say that the look of AIQ clothes is poor. Yes, while smart clothes are far from high fashion. But it eliminates the need to hang around the wrists and other parts of the body with additional gadgets.

    At the same time, you can take a look at the offers of other manufacturers. For example, Hexoskinwith offices in Canada and the United States, it supplies similar clothing with integrated sensors to professional athletes and even astronauts. You can buy it in a regular online store.



    In the summer of 2014, another manufacturer will start selling biometric clothing - Omsignal .

    USB jacket


    Clothing experiments are also performed by companies with a name. Well-known travel maker Columbia uses Omni-Heat Electric technology in its jackets, gloves and boots.



    The jacket has two batteries that take up space near the chest. "Heaters" are made in the form of a thin flexible wire, so that the appearance does not spoil and does not interfere with wearing. Jacket is charging from a USB cable. Moreover, and this is a nice bonus for travelers, the jacket can share the charge with other devices via the same USB. Columbia claims the battery lasts for six hours. Prices for these jackets in Russia range from 6 to 30 thousand rubles.

    However, judging by the reviews, the clothes are a bit heavy, they are not recharged as fast as we would like, and even in severe frosts, even with the heating turned on, a slight trembling from the cold can be avoided (the authors of the reviews mention minus 23 degrees Celsius, although Columbia says that the clothes will help with minus 32 -h). Another of the shortcomings is not the most successful location of the sensor for switching on and controlling the heating power. Columbia placed it on his chest, and with a scarf tied or in sports equipment, finding a small sensor is not so simple.

    Bed sheets for biometric reading


    Major Japanese telecom operator NTT Docomo, together with Toray, is also preparing to launch a line of smart clothes under the Hitoe brand. The companies plan to produce not only clothes, but also bed linen, which reads biometrics during sleep .



    Suit for monitoring 22 muscle groups


    If it is important for you to observe the individual muscles of your body, then pay attention to Athos clothing . The company was founded by two graduates of the Canadian University of Waterloo. In addition to tracking breathing and heartbeat, this training suit tracks the work of all 22 muscle groups of a person , and transfers all the data to the smartphone application.



    Smart insoles for shoes


    For all manufacturers, the average price of a shirt kit, data transfer module and charging is about $ 200-400. For delivery, of course, you have to pay extra. For a lower budget, around $ 100, in the second half of 2014 you can buy FootLoggers insoles . Insert them into your usual shoes, go about your business (the batteries last for 24 hours), then take them out and put them on the ShoeStation. This docking device charges the insoles and collects the accumulated data via Bluetooth. After analysis, the data comes to you in the smartphone application or via SMS.





    It is assumed that these insoles can be used not only for sports, but also for the diagnosis of diseases associated with impaired gait.

    Socks for injuries and complications of diabetes


    The American manufacturer of “smart clothes” for sports Heapsylon deliberately expands the use of its products in medicine. This company’s Sensoria socks count your steps, calories burned , distance traveled. They track your equipment and notice injuries. The algorithm is being finalized, and soon the socks will even be able to warn that you might fall.



    Doctors use these socks to identify diabetes complications in patients. The sensor continuously transfers data to a mobile device, and doctors can timely notice and prevent a diabetic foot ulcer. Similar tests are already underway.

    Breast Diagnostic Bra


    Heapsylon does not stop there and are preparing to start testing a bra in the second half of 2014 , which warns women about the possibility of breast cancer using thermodynamic sensors and circadian rhythm analysis. Recent studies have linked these parameters with changes in the metabolism of breast cells.



    Sleeping pajamas


    For people with night apnea syndrome, Heapsylon plans to release pajamas. She will notice a respiratory failure in time and give an alarm. The next step in the development of technology, experts see in the analysis of the chemical composition of your body. Clothing will take blood, sweat, tears, and even urine tests .

    Wi-Fi transmitter made of fabric


    Every year, specialists around the world create new fabrics with amazing technical properties. For example, researchers at Leuven Catholic University and the University of Malaysia Perlis said in early 2014 that they made a dual-frequency (2.45 and 5.4 GHz) Wi-Fi transmitter entirely from fabric using metamaterials. The shielding layer minimizes interference with the human body.



    Suit gadget for listening to music and distributing the Internet


    Dutch designer Borr Akkersdijk has long been experimenting with creating fabric on a 3D printer. And at the March festival, SXSW attracted attention with his BB.Suit costume made from a mixture of cotton and synthetic fibers, as well as copper thread. The result is a wearable gadget with built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth built-in directly to the fabric.



    So far, there are only two copies of BB.Suit, which are likely to remain a prototype. However, Akkersdijk plans to develop the technology and engage in the mass production of smart clothes.

    T-shirt that doesn't get dirty


    And the young businessman Amir Patel came up with T-shirts from which sweat, water, sauces and other liquids roll off, leaving no residue . Hydrophobic technology helps to achieve this effect. The liquid molecules bounce off the fabric due to microscopic silica particles that create an air barrier at the surface of the garment. To start production under the Silic brand, Patel contacted Kickstarter members and did not regret it. I wanted to raise $ 20 thousand, in the end I received about $ 300 thousand. Good news for bachelors: such t-shirts can be worn without washing much longer than usual, because bacteria need moisture to multiply, and Patel’s products do not accumulate it. You can still wash such a fabric. “Protective” properties are maintained even after 80 washes.



    A jacket that warms when needed


    They also experiment with fabric at the University of Texas at Dallas. Scientists twisted a polyethylene fishing line and a nylon thread into a fiber that can withstand a weight of 1 ton and give a torque comparable in power to a jet engine. Moreover, the fiber is compressed and expanded, depending on the temperature. Researchers plan to embed the new fiber in their clothes so that in cold weather your jacket will keep warm, and on the contrary, cool .

    While the main "smart clothes" are often ridiculous in appearance, not too comfortable and, of course, too expensive. But perhaps in a few years we will be looking back and wondering how it was possible to wear such stupid clothes that we now wear.

    By the way, a smart washing machine already at your service.



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