Fashion and science have always had a tendency to push our expectations and even shock our imaginations. If you consider some of the monstrous garments covering fashion catwalks and then experiments such as the Hadron collider which offered the possibility of a world-ending outcome, it becomes clear that, unlike other pursuits, fashion and science are more interested in asking whether they can do something as opposed to whether they should. Now, the two seem to have merged, the results of which look as though they are going to become part of everyday life. Wearables, as they are known, are items of clothing and accessories which have been endowed with a technological prowess making them more than just something you wear. Below are three examples of products that offer some amazing features that could very well change the way we live our lives.
- Smart Glasses – you only have to look as far as the recent and widely-successful Marvel films to see an example of this on the screen. Robert Downey Jr throughout all his Iron Man ventures has sported glasses that interact and display information as and when he calls for it. Now, as in many cases, science-fiction has become science. Estimated to be on the global market by 2022, interactive glasses that will react to the movements of your eye allowing you to navigate hands-free are set to be the next big thing after the smartphone. The imaginations of scientists must be cartwheeling at the thought of implementing the same technology into a contact lense. Imagine having the entire internet in your view all the time.
- Everclean Clothes – though not the stain-proof utopian fabric that the subheading teases, there have been breakthroughs in studying bacteria that have now lead to scientists creating clothes that clean themselves. In less than a decade, these clothes (using a layer grown by bacteria celleuse) will be on the market. The bacteria is used as a sort of white-blood cell for your clothes, attacking foreign substances like sweat. Obviously given that you don’t need to wash the item as much, energy and money can be saved on washing cycles as well as the fabric and colours being untouched by the hard waves of your washing machine.
- Trainers That Run Themselves – baring in mind that the technology for this product is still in its infant stages in contrast to the previous wearables, there have been designs and prototypes of trainers that can create electricity. Using a system similar to the kinetic watch (using a person’s movement to swing a pendulum as a sort of turbine), this trainer aims to harness the power of each step to create and store electricity. At the moment, the trainer can make just enough electricity to power lights on the side of the shoe – however, when this technology is in full-flow and it can hold enough power to charge a phone, it could spell the end of panicked scurries for plug sockets.