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Could smart fabrics save us from heat? 2 fabric innovations for a fresher Summer

It’s getting really hot in Paris so we would love a solution to avoid melting! However, relying on a fan is a bit overrated, and air conditioners can be quite expensive… So we’ve been thinking, could smart fabrics help us create garments that would refresh us during heat times? We chose to present you two innovations aiming at eventually making your life easier during heat waves.

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Trying on the EMEL+ARIS heating coat feels like the future of comfort

It’s been quite some time that I wanted to get my hands on a heating coat, like the Moon Berlin, or the Courrèges coat we previously presented here. So you can imagine how excited I was when I received a beautiful box from EMEL+ARIS, containing their innovative yet traditional-looking heating coat. Here are some pictures and thoughts on this (invisible) tech-infused coat.

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Startup | Kalypse reinvents wetsuits with 3D-design

Created in 2016, Kalypse introduced a brand new type of wetsuits: they are innovative, comfortable and… couture. Indeed, the very young and yet very savvy start-up was able to skilfully connect technology to aesthetics in order to elaborate tailor-made wetsuits. On top of this, Kalypse is a made-in-France brand which hence promotes the French know-how and demonstrates the ability of the country to be at the cutting edges of innovation.

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Material Futures | This new Fabric is capable of harvesting Solar & Mechanical Energy

What if just wearing clothes could help you generate energy? A team from Georgia Institute of Technology is currently working on this concern. These scientists created a brand new type of fabric that collects at the same time solar and motion energy.

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Internet of Clothing | Rochambeau uses Bright Bmbr smart jacket to introduce its clients to a very private club

Paper invites are out-of-date. Digital invites are not enough. This is why Rochambeau went a step further and created a digital jacket to offer its wearer a unique experience through New York City. In collaboration with Avery Dennison and Evrythng, as part as their “Born Digital” partnership, Rochambeau launched the “Bright Bmbr” jacket: the key to enter an exclusive circle.

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Web Summit 2016 | A first glimpse into Impressivo faiv, Google Jacquard’s new competitor

From 7th to 10th November, during Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon, our friend Etienne Durand, Creative Technologist at Hopscotch had the chance to get his hands on Impressivo‘s new projet “faiv”, Google Jacquard‘s new competitor. Having no less ambition than taking on the tech giant on the game of becoming the next big smart clothing name, the US & Korea based startup developed a similar method of making connected clothing by weaving sensors into fabrics.

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LG Innotek’s pressure sensors will enable fabrics to feel

Created in year 2000, LG Innotek is a global materials and components manufacturer that focuses on areas like mobile, automotive, LED, display, semiconductor and the IoT with its technologies. Fully aware that its activity is becoming increasingly key, the subsidiary firm of the korean parent company LG is now actively working at expanding in other fields such as fashion.

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What if your own sweater could tell when the air you’re breathing is bad for your health?

Our air quality is deteriorating quickly and on a global scale. As more and more pollutants saturate the air we breathe, urban spaces must be closely monitored in order to guarantee that they are safe for people to live in. In fact, it has been estimated that 30% of the world currently breathes unsafe air – air at 60 AQI and above.

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Google I/O | Unveiling the Google Jacquard x Levi’s smart jacket

This is an information getting us very excited! Remember the Google Project Jacquard everyone’s been talking about last year? Well during this year’s Google I/O (their developers conference) Levi’s and Google announced the jacket would be shipping “soon”.

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EVENT | Paris WEAREABLE FashionTech Festival take-outs

A week before Paris international fabrics fairs, Paris highlighted fashiontech with La Gaîté Lyrique hosting the WEAREABLE FashionTech Festival, a week-long event organized by Look Forward, the fashiontech incubator from online retailer Showroomprive.com. Under the curation of the talented Anne-Sophie Berard, the fashiontech exhibition showcased the work of the world’s best fashiontech designers; panel talks and conferences gave us insights on the future of fashion through innovation.

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