Monday, December 3, 2007

Clothes That Clean Themselves - And More!

They call it futuristic fashion.
I think it is so intriguing.
It is also interesting that some of these things come out of research done for the military. These could certainly be ideas that you could make money on with investments placed in the right place. :)

Here's a great article from LiveScience, on some fashion technology from clothes that could charge your IPod to clothes that stay clean.

Here is an excerpt about the self-cleaning clothing:
The new technology attaches nanoparticles to clothing fibers using microwaves. Then, chemicals that can repel water, oil and bacteria are directly bound to the nanoparticles. These two elements combine to create a protective coating on the fibers of the material.

This coating both kills bacteria, and forces liquids to bead and run off.

The U.S. military spent more than $20 million to develop the fabric, deriving from research originally intended to protect soldiers from biological weapons.

Jeff Owens, one of the scientists who worked to develop the process, said, "During Desert Storm, most casualties were from bacterial infections—not accidents or friendly fire. We treated underwear for soldiers who tested them for several weeks and found they remained hygienic. They also helped clear up some skin complaints."
Now that is cool stuff! According to the article on Live science:
Scientific advances are also creating wool that doesn't itch or shrink. Researchers at the USDA developed a "bio-polishing" technique that bleaches and partially digests wool, smoothing out the fibers.

I am all for clothes that are comfortable and don't need cleaning. Now if they could hang themselves up or put themselves in the drawers wouldn't that be nice! (well, maybe that would be a little scary!!)