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Biomimicry | Omius, a nature-inspired robotic jacket that regulates body temperature

Who never dreamt of a piece of clothing that would be smart enough to adjust itself to your body’s needs? Well maybe a lot of people, but it has long been a dream for the nerdy me :-) and, well it seems it’s close to become a reality! Omius, a California-based startup just unveiled a sports jacket concept using robotics to automatically adapt its thermal protection to the wearer’s environmental conditions.

The jacket is equipped with electronically operated vents, that open or close to keep the wearer at a consistent temperature (it kind of recalls this project from the MIT Media Labs, which was made with a bacteria, instead of electronics). Its ventilation system was inspired by stomata – the microscopic pores plants open and close to let gases in & out. According to the user’s body temperature, small vents will open or close along the wind & waterproof fabric, letting more space for the hot / cold air to move away from the body.

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The vents are triggered by sensors which monitor both the body and the outside temperature, sending the data through a processor which triggers the vents. The users can also open or close the vents manually, so that it fits to their own preference.

As the company’s CEO – CTO Gustavo Cadena explains, “Over time, the jacket will become an extension of the user, synchronising its movements with the rest of the body just like a second skin.”

A pre-ordering should be launched soon, along with a Kickstarter campaign. For more, you can register on their website to be the first to know when it will be available.


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Post written by Noémie Balmat, Founding editor-in-chief

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Interested in the future of fashion through innovation, Noémie Balmat has a valuable four-year experience in international advertising agencies and works with brands as a FashionTech consultant. She launched Clausette.cc in November 2014 to gather inspiring projects linking fashion & innovation in one place. Sensitive to the technological and scientific evolutions, Noémie often speaks at international events, such as the Hyères International Fashion Festival.