How would you react if someone suggests you: “Dress up your computer”. Or if he goes even further: “Wash your computer”? Today we are witnesses of the strong development of the electronics. The children of the post-PC-era could hardly imagine the world without a TV remote, cell phone, mp3-player, and online connection… Smart clothing are just a version of all electronic gadgets we have around us. However, they are not finding of the new century. Even in the 1970s a group of physicists designed and created several small computer systems to assist them in games of roulette. Gradually, the idea is gaining momentum to reach the inclusion of giant companies such as IBM, Nokia, Philips and others in similar projects.
The smart filaments
When it comes to “smart clothes”, you should first think about “smart fabrics” or even “smart fibers”. Traditional materials do not possess the necessary properties to conduct electrical current, which is necessary for the operation of the smart clothing. A research laboratory started to produce silk organza, which is a unique material known in India for centuries. It is ideal for creating smart clothing because it is composed of two threads: a simple silk fiber and silk fiber with a thin copper coating. The result is the creation of a conductor of electricity. Once the silk organza is cut into desired shape, different components like resistors, coils, etc. are sewn directly to it.
The most interesting smart clothes
- The musical instrument of Levi’s. It looks like any other denim jacket, but what makes it unique is the added decorative element –a keyboard on the left pocket. The used threads are moderate conductors of electricity. When you touch a button, it sends a signal to another processor, which drives the MIDI synthesizer. The sound is heard through the mini-speakers placed in the pocket of the jacket. The entire device weighs 453 grams due to batteries.
- Suit for winter activities. The main goal is the suit to prevent you from incidents and help in case of danger. Integrated sensors provide a health information, location and direction of movement. In case of problems the suit sends an emergency message via GPS. It contains information about the technical problem, the exact coordinates, and data from physical measurements of the human body.
- The warming coat. It contains digital sensors for measuring the temperature and to control incorporated in the jacket heating panels. The user can set limits on the warming process. The system includes nickel batteries that provide power. The coat can be washed, as this does not damage the sensors.
- Shoes to enter the Internet. Entry into the global network can now be done via Internet connected shoes. They allow for example, two partners to practice jogging together, although during the training they are located in different places.
Smart dress. Smart clothes are already an integral part of the fashion industry. Hussein Chalayan created a dress that changes its shape by remote control. The dress is made of glass fiber – a material used primarily in the aerospace industry.