In an age where everything is created to be better, faster, easier and ready to use at the touch of a finger, the fashion industry certainly isn’t going to get left behind. Already, fashion has begun weaving electronic components into "wearable technology", a preview to what will undoubtedly become the future of fashion. From vests which measure your heart rate to handbags with a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), attached-fashion has just taken practicality and innovation to a whole new level. Here are some of the wildest techno-fashions that may find themselves in your wardrobe sooner than you think…
Made by Cute Circuit, the Hug Shirt allows you to send and feel hugs to and from other Hug Shirt owning friends. The Hug Shirt is filled with wearable sensors and actuators, with a Bluetooth and Java enabled mobile phone- running on the ‘Hug Me’ Java software application. The sensors feel the strength of the touch, the warmth of the skin and the heart-rate. Nominated one of the best inventions by Time Magazine in 2006, the Hug Shirt lets you give love even when you’re far away.
|Burton Clone Mini Disc Jacket
The Clone Mini Disc Jacket, made by Burton snowboarding company has a built-in Sony mini disc player and a remote control sewn into the sleeve so you can control volume and switch songs while you carve down the slope.
|HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam
The prettiest darn computer you ever will see, Vivienne Tam’s stylish computer clutch has a 60GB hard drive and weighs 1kg. It has a 10-inch LCD display, a built-in webcam, and is powered by Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processors. Designed for the fashion-forward, woman on-the-go; the HP Mini 1000 sells for $1,199.
Designed by Diana Eng, this hood has a built-in digital camera that measures your heart rate and adrenaline, taking photographs as they increase. Helping to capture moments and surroundings which may have otherwise gone overlooked, Eng states “the Heartbeat Hoodie is intended as a form of involuntary blogging”.
The Piezing dress, designed by Amanda Parkes, generates electricity from the fabrics around the joints of the elbows and hips. When the wearer walks, or makes any type of motion, the mechanical dress stores the energy in a small built-in, removable battery, which you can use when one of your battery-operated gadgets runs out.
|Muk Luk Flux
If you’re planning a trip to Mars in the near future, you’ll probably fit right in sporting these puppies. Another Amanda Parkes design, these boots change shape based on motion. The boots expand into their ‘engaged’ position using a system of mechanical actuators in the structure of the boots.
|The Airplane Dress
Made from the same material used in aircraft construction, designer Hussein Chalayan’s airplane dress was first shown in his spring/summer 2000 collection. The dress is remote control operated and is Chalayan’s exploration of the relationship between nature, culture and technology.
|Pollution Sensitive EPA Dress
Designer Stephanie Sandstrom’s Pollution Sensitive EPA Dress has sensors that measure air quality. If the air is bad, the dress will detect it and the drivers inside will adjust the dress to make it look all messy and rumpled. The dress is a designed to promote environmental awareness.
|Bodymetrics: Body-Scanned Designer Jeans
For the perfect pair of perfect fitting jeans, the bodymetrics pod takes hundreds of measurements in only 5 seconds, using light scanning technology and determines the best pattern that best flatters your body.
With the wide variety of possible uses of wearable gadgetry, design creativity and lowering costs will make technoclothes worth watching and wearing. Stay ahead of the pack, and who knows – maybe, with technology woven into clothes, guys will eventually like shopping too!
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