I have not invested in the wearable space.  I just believe that many of the items we see now are just stepping stones to something much larger.  Doesn’t mean that there is not a lot of opportunity along the way but I can’t help but think where we will be in 10 years.  My guess is we will all own a little chip, similar to the ones in our phone, which we can put into any item we are wearing be it a watch, a shirt, a necklace or a shoe and will have data on our phone based on our desires to see information about ourselves that we can gather as we move that small chip from one item to the next.

I saw this item on Denzeen this morning.  Makes me wonder about fabrics and where they are moving as well.  I have seen a variety of wearable items but this is different.

New York designer Nikolas Bentel has developed a range of shirts that change color in response to air pollution or radioactivity.

I have to say that is pretty damn cool.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Three thoughts:-way to early-i like this idea in the video but this is a community marketing win if one at all-in the enterprise and IoT BYOD (bring your own device) is an industrial wearable market that could have huge legsHave a great one.

  2. Sierra Choi

    There is a lot of interesting things going on in SmartFabrics. Even Google launched their Jacquard project to investigate into this area last summer. Nikolas seems like he has an interesting concept, I wonder how he will commercialise his product? And Joanne, you would absolutely love this designer- Benaz Farahi. She makes clothes with tiny cameras attached to the fabrics so that it “moves” when it senses you are being watched by many people. https://vimeo.com/138697237 I totally love this idea, but the question for consumers is, how do we launder it? How do we maintain it? Will SmartFabrics be just another childhood fad, like the mood ring or is this really going somewhere? Also a lot of nanotechnology fabrics are currently being tested, but the long-term safety issues around them aren’t known, as nanomaterials in housepaints are known to cause cancer in people, but certainly they are effective in being tested for bullet proof vests in addition to stain proof shirts that never wrinkle. However, I’m not sure at this stage I would buy one fully knowing all the safety concerns.But a jacket that moves when it senses people looking at you? I think that’s rather bold.

    1. Erin

      Holy. How do you launder it indeed. Although the question on my mind is does it really come with those cool rattlesnake sound effects?

      1. Sierra Choi

        I don’t think a regular steam cleaner will work with any of the SmartFabrics and SmartTextiles and nanofabrics won’t have the “breathability” of natural fabrics but still designers are coming up with interesting concepts everyday. The method of clothing production really hasn’t changed much in the last 400 years, so this is a brand new world.

    2. Gotham Gal

      Super bold!