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Wearable technology 

February 6, 2016

Ive always been curious to see what the dynamic tech giants come up with every year with their jaw dropping products that make us wonder is this possible. Besides home and commercial advancements, Technology has pushed the limits in every way of our lives and the fashion industry is all set to get futuristic too. 

We have seen huge advancements in the market for tech-saavy style, especially over the last couple years. Designers have joined the movement toward wearables to create stylish pieces that keep us fresh and make our Internet-obsessed lives that much easier. 

From smart watches to pants that can charge your cell phone, function has become the key to fashion. In the past two years, there have been several notable examples of technology and retail companies partnering together to address the challenges of product aesthetics. Here are some examples of the best technological innovations in fashion, so far.

Biometric Smart Shirts


Image via Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is credited with changing the game of wearable tech when it released its smart shirt. The nylon compression tee, developed through a collaboration with OM, is made with thin silver fibers that can track the wearer’s biometrics. 

The practically invisible sensors detect and record the heart rate, steps, calories burned, breathing, and stress level of the user, and display the information on an app. The customized app will then draw on 10,000 combinations to produce personalized workouts. 

Phone Charging Pants


Image via Joe’s Jeans

Last year, designer Adrien Sauvage and Microsoft teamed up to design the world’s first pair of phone-charging pants. The wearable chinos, took six months to create, and featured a wireless Nokia charging plate in the front pocket that uses an electromagnetic field to recharge your battery. 

Since then, other brands like Joe’s Jeans have released denim styles that can also charge your mobile phone simply by slipping the device in your pocket. 

Google Conductive Fibers

Google announced earlier this year that it would be working with Levi’s to develop a new wearable collection titled Project Jacquard. The tech company will turn the brand’s classic styles into tech platforms that act like smart watches. 

The clothing will have capabilities like sending text messages and silencing your cell phone just by tapping or swiping them. The thin fibers that were originally developed in Japan will eventually be able to be woven into any kind of textile or garment. Levi’s vice president said that he hopes this new technology will allow users to be more physically present. They will officially hit the market next year.

Smart Watches


Image via Wikimedia

Smart watches have created a lot of hype around the wearable-tech movement. The release of the interactive watches has already begun to phase out previous innovations in wearable tech like fitness trackers. 

Styles like the Apple watch offer added functionality, such as receiving phone calls and messages, accessing apps and using Apple Pay, as well as recording the users biometrics. 

Temperature Regulating Materials


Image via MTA / Patrick Cashin on Flickr

Whether you’re working out, or just a victim of hot or cold climates, there is nothing better than something that can regulate your body temperature. Brands like Under Amour and Nike have introduced these special materials that can respond and control temperature to keep people comfortable, especially while being active.

Japanese retailer Uniqlo has developed a whole line of fashionable basics called Heattech that can retain heat and fight odor during those cold weather months.

Bluetooth Enabled Clothing


Image via BearTek

From gloves to hoodies, a series of styles have been developed that incorporate Bluetooth technology. Designer Asher Levine designed a whole collection of pieces that featured microchips, allowing the pieces to be tracked in case they were lost or stolen. When the chip was paired with a phone, it could display the location using Google Maps.

Recently, BearTek developed a pair of Bluetooth-enabled gloves that sync to your mobile device or GoPro camera. You can perform commands like answer calls, play music, and lock functionality, just with the touch of a finger. 

3D Printing


Image via CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK on Wikimedia

3D printing is one of the biggest and coolest innovations for fashion. Many designers like Iris van Herpen and brands like Nike have showed us the amazing capabilities of the new technology, from designing intricate dresses to football cleats. 3D printing is set to become the future of the fashion industry. 

Concepts for at home clothing printers have already been developed, which would allow customers to buy digital designs and print them in the comfort of their own home, taking customisation to a new heights.

Clothes That Make Payments


Image via Håkan Dahlström on Flickr

This concept developed by MasterCard and designer Adam Selman hasn’t hit the market just yet, but the idea is game-changing. The dress, gloves, earrings, and sunglasses would be equipped with minichips that contain your credit card information. Users would wave the object in front of a reader to pay for their purchase.

The chip would be hooked up to your phone much like Apple Pay or Android Pay. The clothing is set to be available in the second half of 2016. 

Solar Panel Jackets

Video via Tommy Hilfiger on YouTube

Wearing a bunch of bulky solar panels on your clothing, doesn’t seem like the most appealing thing, But, the technology creates solar power that can do awesome things like charge your phone. 

Tommy Hilfiger brought solar panels to the mainstream last winter when he released a jacket embedded with them across the back and many other designers have experimented with the panels, creating parkas and dresses that incorporate the solar cells. 

Luckily, the design for the panels is becoming more thin and flexible, so that we can move more toward creating and sustaining our own energy with our clothes. 

Fermented Fashion: Fabric Made From Beer and wine 

Artist Donna Franklin and scientist Gary Cass have collaborated on an incredible project in which they created a seamless textile using fermented wine and beer.
The fabric made from wine is an interesting marriage of science and design.
 


Wine is carefully fermented for several days, at the end of which a “skin” formation is produced. In this state, the substance takes on characteristics one would expect from something made from old wine: it has a strong smell and feels slimy. However, once the material is allowed to dry, the delicate cellulose material feels very similar to Due to the fabric’s streamlined production process, it is cheap and easy to manufacture.The low cost gives a broader range of designers another organic material option. The fabric is able to be “grown” into essentially any shape imaginable. This creates potential for it to be used in seamless, one-piece garments that produce little to no waste when cut to be sewn into clothing. It can also eliminate the need for sewing thread as a raw material, as well as the entire sewing process.

For the beer dress, the process starts with  beer, which is fermented. A bacteria named Acetobacter is then added to the beer.The reason for adding in the bacteria is for converting the liquid into a raw fiber material. A natural bacteria taking care of the typically complex and toxic process of creating a synthetic fiber. Acetobacter is a “naturally found, friendly, non-infectious, non-harmful bacteria.”

The beer dress addressed a few glitches that the wine dress previously had. For starters, the fabric quality of the beer dress is much higher. The wine dress looked (and smelled) exactly like what it was made from. If you look at the resulting fabric on the beer dress, you would never guess that it was made from beer at all. The textile is soft, white, odorless and in fact, similar to cotton both chemically and by the hand of it. The fiber’s official name is “Nanollose Microbial Cellulose.”

Additionally, the wine dress fabric had come out rather stiff, only flexible when kept somewhat wet. It also has an odd texture that made it stick to the skin. Conversely, the fabric of the beer dress bends and drapes much more easily than it’s predecessor, and is much more comfortable to wear.

Clothing inspired by drinks!!!! 

Intel marries fashion and technology

Smart sports bra


Intel’s Curie chip, the Aeros Sports Bra reacts to levels of stress through sweatiness and body temperature. Trimmed with tiny blue lights, it leverages shape memory by using sensors to make vents in the bra’s band, opening and closing it automatically.The sports bra can intuitively respond to perspiration, respiration and body temperature. This responsive clothing enables the wearer to break through barriers such as overheating to achieve peak performance.

And my favourite innovation 

Butterfly Dress

Intel released a new marketing campaign showing off the incredible experiences its technology allows. One of them was this smart dress. To create this dress, the technologic brand, already New York Fashion Week partner, associated with the Ezra and Tuba Çetin sisters, but also with innovative designers and wearables makers. 

The Intel powered garments, along with the full collection of swim, sportswear and footwear, illustrate the potential of future integrations of fashion and technology at its best. Fashion brands grabbing innovation insights from tech events like the CES and incorporating tech discretely into their designs are definitely the Future of Fashion.

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73 Comments

  • Reply Aria on February 8, 2016 says;

    Oh My God… Unusual Recipe… 😀

    I love that butterfly dress. I need it…. Where is it available? An amazing post with great series of information. You really have any info under the sun! Thanks for this beautiful share

  • Reply Katherine on February 8, 2016 says;

    Dear, What an amazing post have your compiled. This one will really blow ones’ mind away. The technology of fashion is reaching to the sky I believe. Yes, the dress with butterfly flying, it is amazing. The Sports Bra is parallely a great one. Are all of these available in the market today? I’m love with your post

  • Reply Hadewych on February 8, 2016 says;

    Such amazing fashions. Great Post to read. Enjoyed everything from your. Loved the Beer dress.. Man.. what all people come up with. Interesting, I mean, very interesting article here.

  • Reply Jessica Grant on February 8, 2016 says;

    Crap; R U SERIOUS??? BEER DRESS / BUTTERFLY DRESS… Where did you get this info. Excellent post. I’m definitely buying the butterfly dress.. I’m already thinking who all would get impressed 😀

  • Reply Agnus D on February 8, 2016 says;

    Bling Bling!! What the heck is this? Where did you find so much of awesome and insane information. Are these real? Really real?

    This is such a great read. I’m obsessed

  • Reply Febinna on February 8, 2016 says;

    This is a brilliant post! Cannot believe, such ones exist

  • Reply J. Elliott on February 8, 2016 says;

    This is a real fabulous post! Enjoyed each and every bit of it

  • Reply Amanda Paa on February 8, 2016 says;

    That girl in the Butterfly dress looks amazing! She is so beautiful! The dress is out of my imagination.
    Great post !!!! Doubt I’ll sleep tonight!

  • Reply Grace on February 8, 2016 says;

    serious technology! way to go

  • Reply Kasia on February 8, 2016 says;

    This is AMAZING!!! Wow

  • Reply Alma on February 8, 2016 says;

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  • Reply Heather on February 8, 2016 says;

    this is badass.. excellent freaking technology! where did you find all of this. Love each and every wearable tech now a days.

  • Reply Amy Ayers on February 8, 2016 says;

    I damn want this one…. I want the butterflies to just fly while get into my prom…

  • Reply Isabella on February 8, 2016 says;

    Butterfly dress by Intel; this is wacking technology. Innovation at its peak.

  • Reply Tamika on February 8, 2016 says;

    Holy crap…. those butterflies flew!!!! Will they return back ? Intel is going to rock!!!

  • Reply Quintana on February 8, 2016 says;

    Literally arranging my funeral plans right now. Holy shit!! Cant take this 😀

  • Reply Wendy R. on February 8, 2016 says;

    awesome job intel & the designers of course. This is wonderful piece of technology. I love the rest too, but they are still normal. The sports bra is still ok, but the butterfly dress, is way beyond this world… where did they sit and think of such an idea.
    amazing post.

    thanks to you to put all such edgy technology into this beautiful blog.

  • Reply Elaine Suderman on February 8, 2016 says;

    phone charging pants.. lol…. the bum heat is good enough to charge the phone 😀

    Awesome post!

  • Reply Imogen Bermingham on February 8, 2016 says;

    looks creative and inspiring

  • Reply Hellen on February 8, 2016 says;

    I hope Intel finds a way to make the butterflies fly back safely. It wouldnt be cool if they just fall out only

  • Reply Ursula on February 8, 2016 says;

    I want it; I’m ready to be scalped 😛

  • Reply Abbie Haynes on February 8, 2016 says;

    it makes me more excited. this is capital A-W-E-S-O-M-E

  • Reply Daniella S on February 8, 2016 says;

    It’s too much technology. The butterflies would have to be bigger in order to have a CPU, and tons of captors, each butterfly would have to be a controlled system with an IR system to detect its socle then a technology to fly to the socle. It’s clearly not worthy for a dress, it would ruins the aestethic.

    Awesome stuff though & a brilliant compilation of some cool gadgets 🙂

  • Reply Jasmine on February 8, 2016 says;

    tacky!

  • Reply Sabína on February 8, 2016 says;

    I love it! Amazing dress it is. I love the sports bra too.. being an athlete I know how much that could help.

    Great innovations!

  • Reply Christy O. Miller on February 8, 2016 says;

    I seriously can’t wait for this butterfly dress!!!

  • Reply Allison @ Clean Wellness on February 8, 2016 says;

    It will change the way people approach fashion. Amazing Tech!

    Thanks for the post

  • Reply Rebekka on February 8, 2016 says;

    This is gorgeous!

  • Reply Gwen on February 8, 2016 says;

    This looks so cool!

  • Reply Elena Poensgen on February 8, 2016 says;

    It looks stunning and I can’t wait to see the finished product

  • Reply Jammie de la Cuesta on February 8, 2016 says;

    Who is she!! She is cute!

  • Reply Kayleigh Cook on February 8, 2016 says;

    That butterfly dress is way too cool ! The post is brilliant!

  • Reply Jo on February 8, 2016 says;

    Wow, this is beautiful and exciting..

  • Reply Gianna on February 8, 2016 says;

    Apparently, butterflies stand for an artist being mind controlled by the elite/people in charge.

  • Reply Riley Jones on February 8, 2016 says;

    I really like the idea, the butterflies; its awesome.

  • Reply Sanjeeta kk on February 8, 2016 says;

    I hope its not just hyping around. They should bring this out. It will be a worthy buy for what ever it is. The tech is awesome!

  • Reply Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on February 8, 2016 says;

    I have never been this much hyped ever in my life

  • Reply Eloise Goodwin on February 8, 2016 says;

    Will it come in all sizes? The butterfly dress I’m curious about.

  • Reply Veronica on February 8, 2016 says;

    I’ll easily buy 15-20 of these!!! so that if those butterflies do not return, I will still have backup plans 😀

    Very very nice stuff! Thanks so much to you for sharing unusual information.

  • Reply Puja Santosh on February 8, 2016 says;

    Its a beautiful set of compilation! Great wearable tech.

  • Reply Elizabeth Amparan on February 8, 2016 says;

    Drag me to hell…. 😛
    Very interesting!

  • Reply Rain77 on February 8, 2016 says;

    I actually think it’s a nice new direction for Intel

  • Reply Camila on February 8, 2016 says;

    chasing luxury… this is great stuff!

  • Reply [email protected] on February 8, 2016 says;

    This is crazy! Fantastic stuffs. I’m thrilled at what you have shown

  • Reply Carolyn Cochrun on February 9, 2016 says;

    This is a crazy post, with crazy gadgets… i mean in a good way.. you always post wonderful articles.

  • Reply Rejie Camano Gelera on February 9, 2016 says;

    Fascinating technology!!!

  • Reply Gabriella on February 9, 2016 says;

    jaw dropping!!! Love your posts

  • Reply Alana on February 9, 2016 says;

    The butterfly dress is quite a show. It is very interesting and a lovely post by you

  • Reply Hannah on February 9, 2016 says;

    An excellent post my dear. This is something i learnt today. Technology is awesome!

  • Reply Kate Goodspeed on February 9, 2016 says;

    This is fascinating to know. Wonder who will buy this?

  • Reply Ljerka Matić on February 9, 2016 says;

    Hats off to you, to keep up with technology and information. You have published articles, that are useful to know and act upon. Lovely post. Excellent technology indeed.

  • Reply Jill on February 10, 2016 says;

    Beautiful post! Technology is rocketing…

  • Reply Holly on February 10, 2016 says;

    I love wearable technology, specially when its so advanced. The butterfly dress beats it all… what more is going to come, god only knows!!

  • Reply Joanne on February 11, 2016 says;

    This is an amazing post!!

  • Reply Karen M. Moore on February 11, 2016 says;

    Great post. Awesome gadgets… Love that butterfly dress.. Innovation!!

  • Reply Jenn M on February 11, 2016 says;

    Its awesome!! I need to start off with a watch!

  • Reply Lily Howarth on February 11, 2016 says;

    Beautify post! Loved the butterfly dress … need to buy 1 of it

  • Reply Patricia on February 11, 2016 says;

    I’m in love with this post. Excellent information. like others, i like the Butterfly Dress.. Its so unique

  • Reply Kate W on February 11, 2016 says;

    It would be nice to know where to buy this dress…

  • Reply Inga on February 11, 2016 says;

    This is awesome!…

  • Reply Kato on February 11, 2016 says;

    Brilliant post! Watch has become common, but the rest specially the butterfly dress is awesomw

  • Reply ecoNugenics on February 11, 2016 says;

    Awesome post indeed. Every bit of the tech you said is awesome

  • Reply Kim on February 11, 2016 says;

    The butterfly dress will sure be a dress to kill i guess!!

  • Reply Alexandra on February 11, 2016 says;

    A great compilation. somehow you have become my fav author.

  • Reply Emily on February 11, 2016 says;

    Great tech! wearable tech is becoming quite famous in many areas life, and is also definitely helping mankind.

  • Reply Florabella on February 12, 2016 says;

    Well done on this post! It is extremely high value information that is posted. Nice to see such beautiful by-products from technology!

  • Reply Rose on February 12, 2016 says;

    I’d like to see people wearing the butterfly dress and walking on streets.. how many of them, will be having butterflies flying around.. lol

  • Reply Leela Harris on February 12, 2016 says;

    Such an amazing post. I love your posts. They are very ingenious

  • Reply Stella Ester on February 12, 2016 says;

    C’est beau. Il est un poste idéal

  • Reply Olivia on February 13, 2016 says;

    This post is amazing. Love the Butterfly dress! It is great.

  • Reply José Cerqueira on February 13, 2016 says;

    Wow… This is awesome! Love the technology. I think by the time my grand daughter grows up, She will be wearing this butterfly frock. I’m so amused… and I’m blushing 😀

  • Reply Zoe on February 13, 2016 says;

    Oh my God.. Did I miss a lot from your blog. Such a beautiful read and beautiful posts. Loved the butterfly dress. This technology is so fascinating. Will all this come to Greece yet? Or will it not? I would love to see such beautiful things coming up here.

    You always fascinate me with your beautiful writings. God bless you! I want you to live long and write a lot and spread your knowledge.

  • Reply Eva on February 16, 2016 says;

    Wacking post! Great deal of information!

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