We are all aware of just how much technology has changed over the years, and there are a lot of things that we can do these days using technology that would never have been possible a few years ago. One of the biggest factors involved in this is the development of smart technology. This is something that has really improved and personalized modern technology these days.
We’ve heard of smartphones, which play a crucial role in our lives, and there are also smart meters and smart homes. In the future, we will likely see smart technology integrated into cities all across the world too. One of the areas in which smart technology is often overlooked, however, is when it comes to clothes. Smart clothing looks set to transform your wardrobe, and spearhead a wearable tech revolution – let’s find out more!
So, the first thing you’re probably wondering is what exactly smart clothing is. Well, in the simplest of terms, this is clothing that adjusts to its wearer’s needs. Self-adjusting and self-regulating clothing is one something we have looked forward to for a long time, and it is likely to become more of a reality than we think. Clothing that is internet connected also falls under the mandate of smart clothing, and this certainly creates some intriguing possibilities for the future.
Back to the Future
The idea of wearable smart technology is not a new concept. In fact, it is a concept that was first suggested in the 1985 movie Back to the Future, when Marty McFly wears smart clothing. This is not the only instance of movies making predictions about the future. Furthermore, that movie gets a ton of stuff wrong, especially the prediction that we would have flying cars by 2015! But, it is clear that the smart clothing was a great prediction from the movie.
And, the fact is that the widespread development of smart clothing is something that could be closer than any of us realize. The fact of the matter is that there are plenty of exciting working partnerships being formed to work toward developing wearable technology and smart clothing. For instance, companies like Microsoft, Under Armor, and Alphabet are working toward developing products for the smart clothing market. Google has even teamed up with Levi Strauss, which promises to be an exciting future development.
One of the biggest challenges with wearable technology is to make it more practical. If you have clothing that is going to be going through the wash, it needs to have tech that isn’t going to be ruined or damaged by going through the wash. Google is reportedly developing a way of putting technology into the fabric of clothing so that it remains more protected, but this could be a few years away.
There are so many ways in which wearable technology and smart clothing is going to make big changes throughout the world. We could even see a future in which wearable technology becomes much more mainstream, and is adopted en masse.