Slipping on your Fitbit or smart watch in the morning is a pretty hassle-free way of letting tech keep track of your health. But what if you didn’t even have to put in that extra step, what if your clothes were smart enough?
That’s where the Internet of Things comes in. MIT’s president said that his university’s new Advanced Functional Fabric of America Institute are working on what ‘s next in the world of textiles- what they call, “the Internet of Fabrics.” How exactly does that work? Smart fabrics will be able to change color according to your temperature and monitor your health. A smart fabric could even call 911 for you is it recognizes that you’ve been hurt. That’s not all. This new generation of fabrics and fibers will be able to do more than that including the ability to be portable sources of energy like a wearable solar panel.
According to a recent article in TechCrunch, if you accidently rip a hole in your smart shirt the nanosensors in the fabric will fix it through a self-repair process. That is pretty amazing!
Thanks to their work, it’s only a matter of time until we can we go buy some new, smarter clothes to along with our favorite smartwatch or Fitbit.
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