In the 21st Century, technology is redefining every industry, and fashion is no exception. Things once thought to be only in the realms of science-fiction and spy films are becoming a reality all around us. Stay ahead of the curve with this pick of the latest breakthroughs changing the fashion game.
Everything is getting smart these days, even the contents of your wardrobe. Google Advanced Technology projects and Levi, teamed up to release the first “smart jacket”, a piece of advanced technology and an everyday fashion statement rolled into one. Composed of conductive fabric woven in certain places, creating interactive patches of fabric that sense touch, pressure and even your hand’s position! The fabric is connected to a blue-tooth sensor, which hooks up to your smartphone. The jacket can be used to do everything, from switching songs on Spotify, to answering a phone call with your cuff.
Cutecircut are another pioneer in smart fabrics. They’ve been in the game since the early 2000’s creating everything, from evening dresses that light up when you receive a twitter notification, to the sound shirt, a piece of clothing that allows the hearing impaired to feel the vibrations of music being played around them. They even invented the Hug Shirt, which uses Bluetooth sensors to let you send a hug to a friend or relative overseas.
Laboratory Grown Diamonds
Perhaps most exciting for those customers on the market for diamond engagement rings, laboratory grown diamonds are man-made versions of the real thing. Hundreds of labs have sprung up in the last decade, and the diamonds they make are identical in appearance to natural diamonds. With the bonus of producing next to no carbon footprint.Diamond Foundry is one such company, producing exquisite stones you can wear without a guilty conscience.
They’ll also be good for your pocket, with most lab created diamonds retailing between 20-40% less than the ones they dug out of the ground.
E-Paper technology has been around for a while now, but finally we’re starting to see fashion and accessory companies put it to use.
Sony’s new E-Ink watch, the FES Watch U went on sale in Japan this year. After successfully developing the first prototype, Sony released a limited run of their new, advanced version in June. The watches are paper thin and feature the ability to completely customize the design using a simple-to-use app on your smart phone. Unfortunately, the FES Watch U is only available in Japan, with no word from Sony about when we might see an international release.
If you’ve ever wanted to change the color of your shoes to suit your mood, then flexible e-paper will be your dream come true. Thanks to pioneers ShiftWear, it’s now available to customize your kicks. ShiftWear have been developing their prototype for two years now, and finally announced its completion at the start of this year. The ShiftWear sneakers will allow you to use an app on your phone to transform everything about your shoes, from the color to the design. The sneakers will even be able to show animations!