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New Workout Clothes Incorporate Technology

Technology is infiltrating every aspect of modern life. It’s no surprise that clothing is getting the same upgrades. This is especially true for workout gear.

If you work out regularly, you know how durable your clothes have to be. Whatever your particular workout routine, it can be assumed that your clothes undergo a lot of stress from the workout itself to the laundering after. Even if you don’t work out regularly, there’s a good chance you appreciate the strength and flexibility of workout clothing. They’re comfortable and most recently, can double as business casual.

That is why it seems more and more clothing companies are incorporating technology into their creations. There seems to be an expectation that every new clothing release is capable of more than the one before it. The result of this can be seen most in the numbers. While general clothing sales have struggled, workout clothing sales have soared in comparison following this motto. In one year, active wear sales have increased 8 percent. The sales of other clothing rose only 1 percent in comparison.

It is very possible that the higher sales are due to the technology. People will buy multiples of the same thing as long as they think the new item is better than the last. In 2015, clothing companies will be taking advantage of this in a whole new way.

The Stuff of Science Fiction

Perhaps one of the most interesting developments is the addition of Kevlar and Cordura. Reebok will be adding Kevlar to almost all its merchandise. Cordura, a super strong material found on car seats, was released in July. The names of the fabrics alone make it sound that active wear of the future will be the stuff of science fiction.

Another popular development is the incorporation of anti-stink technology. Different companies achieve this with different methods, but the end result is the same. You can have a heavy workout and not smell. Of course, you won’t leave the gym smelling like a field of flowers. The technology just neutralized the odor causing bacteria that get trapped in the threads of the fabric.

Active wear isn’t the only place you’ll see interesting developments. Some of them are down right weird. One German company is known for making the threads of their clothes out of sour milk! This sounds odd, but it’s true! The bad milk is dried until it’s basically a protein powder, then it is fed into a machine with water until it becomes doughy. The fibers are made from feeding that dough through holes smaller than a strand of your hair.

Oddly enough, clothes made from this sour milk fiber are resistant to fire and bacteria. It is even compostable and edible since it’s made mostly of milk and water. The project hasn’t made it to the market yet, so don’t go planning your desserts.

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New LED Jacket Helps Nervous Bikers

A graduate from Central Saint Martins invented clothing that will be safer for bike riders. Will Verity has developed a jacket with LED lights, which begins flashing when cars approach the cyclist. Female bike riders all over the world no longer have to be afraid of riding at night.

Light up clothing

In the UK, about 25 percent of bike riders are female, but in the Netherlands, over half of all cyclists are women. Many surrounding countries also consist of about 50 percent female bike riders.

A report by Get Britain Cycling found that less than two percent of the population rides their bikes. Verity wondered why this number was so low. After creating a jacket that will make riding safer, researchers expect the number of bike riders to increase by as much as 25 percent by 2050.

While researching UK bike riders, Verity found that cyclists are overwhelmingly white, male and between the ages of 25 and 44. Less women ride their bikes because of their fear of accidents.

Verity decided to look more in depth at the roles of cyclists and drivers. Essentially, drivers act as a predator on the hunt for their prey, the bike rider. He decided that the prey needed something to scare off the predator. After thoroughly researching the issue, Verity came to the solution of the LED jacket.

LED jacket to help cyclists

The jacket is illuminated by LEDs and the closer a vehicle approaches a cyclist, the faster the lights will flash. The jacket is lightweight and made from waterproof material, so cyclists can wear it in any condition.

Verity explained that his ultimate goal was to change the visual language of cycling jackets. Currently, there are a few jackets on the market catered toward cyclists. However, they all appear too similar to road signs, highway maintenance workers and other barriers in the environment. This causes drivers to view cyclists as obstacles instead of people.

This new LED jacket was created in an attempt to move away from this visual language and develop a new perception. Verity wants drivers to treat cyclists with respect and safety. As a result, more women will be encouraged to ride their bikes.

The jacket was created as part of Verity’s graduate project for his BA Product Design course. The jacket received overwhelmingly positive feedback, which resulted in its display at Part 2 of the New Designers Exhibition at London’s Business Design Centre in July.

Both designers and architects are always trying to improve roadway safety for drivers and cyclists in the UK. In response to many cyclist deaths in 2013, the volume of proposals has significantly increased. Other proposals included Norman Foster’s idea to build a network of elevated cycle pathways above London’s railways. Additionally, a cycling organization came up with an idea of developing a truck that doesn’t have a blind spot.

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