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November 24, 2006

Time for another revolution

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Remember how starting about 25 years ago the rise of the personal computer changed our lives, altering and effecting almost every aspect of, well, everything?

Well, buckle your seat-belt, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye. Again. This next revolution is coming in the field of clothing & garments. It's being driven by simultaneous innovation in three different fields...polymer chemistry, which is making it easier to design materials like fabrics to order with exactly the traits you want...nanotechnology, which is opening up the possibility of endowing fabrics with weird and wonderful characteristics (check out this umbrella that never gets wet or dirty)...and embedded electronic systems which can be comfortably and reliably integrated with clothing (Lumalive fabric is just one example).

Independent designers and academic researchers are having a field day playing with all of this stuff (pictured above is the TeamAware basketball uniform with built-in player stats.) Right now these innovations are showing up in term projects and avant-garde fashion shows. Give things another few years and your local mall will be filled with them.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 24, 2006 08:31 AM

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