Technology is a fashion victim

These days supermarkets pass more your way than food. Phones do more than just make calls. And TVs entertain you with more than just programmes. See the point I’m trying to make here by any chance?

Everything nowadays has some sort of multi-function. Reason being the current generation are a pretty demanding bunch who get all ratty when things are limiting. This then puts pressure on manufacturers to crank up their offering. It’s a supply and demand type of thing. But while it’s the norm to expect something new from electrical objects, would you expect the same from say, clothing? Didn’t think you would.

To you, the world of textiles doesn’t sound an exciting place. But that’s before nanotechnology has had its say on the matter. Let loose on a piece of fabric, it has the skills to give it a new dimension, while still retaining wearability. Things like allowing it to clean itself. How? Well a coating of the nanoparticles anatase titanium dioxide, just a few molecules across, uses daylight to see off any stains and smells. So down the line your washing machine could bite the dust. The info’s here if you want it.

Raising the bar further are scientists in the good old US of A. After coating Kevlar fibre with special nanotubes, electricity makes an appearance once it moves. You just can’t argue with the technology. And it means things like your phone or mp3 player will never give up on you again.

Let’s end this with a bang. By using threads made from electrochromic polymers, scientists reckon the colour of your T/jumper/shirt etc can be changed by the flick of a . And better still, fabrics with on board computers are being talked about in some parts. Meaning it can keep tabs on your health and then inform the powers that be (doctors) if something’s not quite right. The future is nearly here people.

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If the world of fabrics is where you see yourself, get involved as:

  • physicist researching nanotechnology, nanoparticles and electronics
  • chemical engineer discovering new ways to bind fibres and nanoparticles and form new fibres
  • An electrical engineer building devices in addition to or as part of a new fabric
  • materials engineer finding ways to manufacture new fibres and materials
  • textile technologist developing new threads and fabrics suitable for manufacture and ensuring quality control during production
  • textile technician making sure the machines are operating efficiently and safely
  • fashion designer choosing fabrics and designing clothes to suit the technology
  • retail buyer deciding which new products to sell and making sure they are available in shops
  • marketing manager promoting new fabrics and their benefits
  • An advertising art director creating exciting new ads to promote the new fabric technology