Designers are playing with smart fabrics. Beyond being performance efficient, smart fabrics are fashion forward in their essence. Illuminating a clean and comforting fit and look, they also incorporate ample amount of smart features that deal with more intrinsic and traditional uses of clothing. One instance of this is to keep one warm with the use of a power source and conductive components in the fabric itself. Actual smart fabrics have conductors and circuits devices that can sense a number of inputs, including touch, temperature, vibrations etc. In addition, they can interact with external devices such as smart phones using wi-fi, essentially making them devices that can be worn on the body.
Designers around the globe spend generous time and effort into curating astounding designs and creations that become the eye-catching trends for years to come. And the connotation ‘smart’ doesn’t necessary fall under technology, but components that have been in existence in the world for quite a while now, especially in sports. Ralph Lauren’s smart e-textile T-shirt for one can monitor breathing, heart rate and stress. Nor is it only about fashion. Anti-molestation and anti-rape clothing is made possible by incorporating smart fabric, thus taking a stance against sexual assault or any other crime against women.