GPS Shoe for Alzheimer Patients
Getting lost is a common problem for Alzheimer’s patients and their caretakers. They often forget the way when going out on walks and can’t remember how to get home. In this context, location-based technologies are an helpful way to keep track of patients.
Heart monitoring vests
Fashion Designer Angella Mackey created several prototypes of a Heart Monitoring Vest.She designed multiple prototypes addressing not only the wearability of the vest but, more importantly, the usability. Each of her designs addressed the patients need to place multiple electrodes on their chest without the assistance of a nurse.
The world’s first air purifying dress
Catalytic Clothing, a collaboration between the London College of Fashion, University of Sheffield, and the University of Ulster, has recently presented the first prototype of a dress that can purportedly absorb airborne pollutants. A thin layer of space-age, pollution-absorbing concrete mixture is sprayed onto the “Herself” dress. Wearing the dress automatically means that you are helping to save the environment, simply by walking around and being fashionable!
However, the “Herself” dress is highly experimental and is only inteded to illustrate – in artistic form – the idea that textiles can help eliminate certain pollutants from the air. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that an actual, wearable version of the dress will be made.
Check out the dress here!
Wearable batteries: energy-generating T-shirts
If it is up to the scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas, you can soon charge your mobile phone by plugging it into your T-shirt!
The university is researching ways to weave energy-transmitting yarn into ready-to-wear material. So far, the scientists have discovered a way to create energy generating textiles from powder-infused carbon nanotubes. The nanotubes in use will be able to support superconducting particles, such as magnesium powder, with a more manageable form without binders or lasers. If the scientists are successful, this energy-transmitting yarn could be fashioned into lightweight batteries you can wear. This concept of wearable batteries that look like regular clothing would mean that you no longer have to search for a power outlet could and look fashionable at the same time!
Korean artist Sung Yeonju’s new project Wearable Foods is a photoshoot of dresses made out of food such as tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs and bubble gum.