The future of wearable technologies
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In Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s nautical-inspired spring collection for Lacoste, traditional items like rain jackets were outfitted with transparent hood visors and waterproof fabrics. Waterproofs are made by coating natural or synthetic fibers with a polymer like PVC or rubber that can be tuned for breathability. At a molecular level, these materials have a characteristic non-polar surface to prevent water molecules from penetrating the layer. A more advanced version of this can be seen in the GIFs above showing the superhydrophobic surfaces GE researchers are developing. Perhaps soon these surfaces will make their debut on the runway.
- Chris Ing, freshphotons.com | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014 | Photo credit © Yannis Vlamos.
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Despite Diane von Furstenberg’s best efforts, fashion hasn’t exactly warmed to wearable tech. Things might be changing slowly behind the scenes (what with Apple poaching big-name fashion executives here, there and everywhere) but nobody has yet produced a truly alluring piece of technology that combines both form and function. Until Opening Ceremony entered the scene, that is. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have teamed up with Intel to produce the MICA, which is short for My Intelligent Communication Accessory. Billed as a “smart accessory”, it takes the shape of a typically big and bold Opening Ceremony bracelet and is studded with semiprecious jewels and wrapped in snakeskin that features a curved touchscreen display. (via Opening Ceremony and Intel debut wearable tech bracelet | Dazed)