Wearable tech, smart fabrics, 3-D printed jeans from the comfort of your own home. All this and more is predicted for your 2030 wardrobe, but is it realistic?
Imagine a silky scarf created from mushrooms that can ‘read’ your mood and release a burst of calming or invigorating scent depending on your stress levels? Or a coat that controls your body temperature – and ensures your home is perfectly heated as you step in the door? Forecasters suggest that advances in nanotechnology will soon see us donning clothes embedded with a network of sensors that will hyperconnect us to the Internet of Things.
According to a report by the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society, by 2022, 10% of people will be wearing clothing with embedded chips. Translation? You’ll be interacting remotely with everything from your car to your fridge just by wearing your favourite pair of jeans. And that’s not all. Implantable microchips will dispense medications on a prescribed schedule, ensuring that you get the required doses without ever missing a pill.
Already on shelf
‘This isn’t far-fetched,’ says former Marie Claire editor and founder of www.twyg.co.za, Jackie May. ‘Wearable tech is nothing new.’
In fact, Ralph Lauren’s PoloTech T-shirt that lets you capture your biometric info (heart rate, steps...