So what? Shirts light up, fabrics change color and threads move back to their original place to fix holes, automatically. But what about combining everyday clothing with everyday functions?
Take Marks & Spencer’s iPod suit, for instance. For just $350, you can have a suit with a smart-fabric, touchpad lapel that has a five-button electronic control panel. This pad is attached to a cable that runs under the lining of the jacket to plug into an iPod held in an inside pocket.
When the time comes to charge the iPod, you head to the beach and sunbathe for an hour while your solar shorts or solar bikini by New Yorker Andrew Schneider charges the iPod using 40 flexible photovoltaic panels that feed into a USB connection.
As the day comes to an end, you decide to go for a jog. Your smart running shoes by Nike can tell you how far you’ve run and how many calories you’ve burnt through a tiny transmitter that sends information to your now-charged iPod.
It will be interesting to see how far people will take this merge between fashion pieces and technological functions. Have a look at some other interesting ideas at: