When you think of wearable technology, often the first thing that comes to mind is the latest smartwatch, or the latest fitness tracker. And when you think of fashion, you think of pure aesthetics. But we’ve known for a while that technology and fashion aren’t as distinct as they initially appear to be and with cutting edge clothing studio Chromat unveiling its Spring/Summer 2016 collection over the weekend, it’s becoming clear that fashion and technology are meeting in ways that make them so much more than what they appear to be on the surface, creating garments that could completely change the way we think of our clothes and how they represent us.
Chromat’s new line includes two garments powered by Intel Curie, an incredibly small low-power chip that’s the perfect base for responsive wearables. These garments are a 3D-printed dress that structurally reacts to a rise in your adrenaline levels, and a new sports bra that responds to changes in breathing, perspiration and body temperature by opening vents to keep you cool.
The sports bra, full title Chromat Aeros Sports Bra, is made from Lycra, neoprene, mesh, and a 3D-printed carbon-fiber frame. It will open vents to cool down your body when it senses increased levels of heat and sweat, allowing you to exercise harder for longer periods of time. So long boob sweat, you shall not be missed!
The Chromat Adrenaline Dress is much less practical than the Aeros sports bra, but it’s much more expressive. Also utilising Intel Curie, the dress features 3D-printed panels and an interlinked, carbon-fiber framework and will expand into an hourglass shape in response to a rise in the wearer’s adrenaline levels. It kind of works like a velociraptor. Here, Ross will explain:
Actually, it might be more practical than we initially thought. Annoying pushy person on the tube igniting your ire? Let your dress aggress.
Experimental fusions between fashion and technology like this are incredibly exciting and point towards a bright future of adaptable and expressive apparel that could genuinely make our lives easier. Who wouldn’t be tempted by a dinosaur dress?
Main Image: © Chromat