Apparel and technology have come together to form a futuristic hybrid: smart garments. These advanced clothes bridge the gap between today’s connected world and consumers’ wardrobes. From heat-controlling abilities to 3-D printed jackets, here’s how smart garment companies are shaking up apparel’s landscape.
My Core Control
When it’s cold outside, layering apparel could be beneficial, but may lead to unwanted sweat during the day. My Core Control, a Houston-based wearable tech startup, is offering a solution to this dilemma with its first-ever Smartcoat.
“Smartcoat provides a whole new way of living daily life in the cold and will forever change the way we do winter,” said My Core Control CEO and founder, Buddy Lavin. “Through our Mycore Smartcoat app for Apple or Android phones or watches, we have linked our smart devices to apparel for variable heat control, enhanced accessory performance and hands-free connectivity.”
Unlike conventional outerwear, the Smartcoat’s heated jacket technology enables wearers to regulate their core body temperature with their smartphones or tablets. Once connected to an Android or Apple device, wearers can use the My Core App to change the temperature of the coat. The coat’s patented “electronic personal thermal control” technology heats the inner wrists through thermodynamic heat absorption, allowing warm blood to circulate through the body.
Starting July 26, the coat, which retails at $299 and above, will be sold for 30 days on My Core Control’s Kickstarter page.
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On-demand apparel is an advanced concept, but Danit Peleg is bringing it to life with her 3-D printed garments.
The Tel Aviv-based designer and Gerber Technology partner recently launched her 3-D printed jacket on the market. Consumers can personalize their own jacket with individual color, lining and embroidery details on Danit Peleg’s website. Each jacket retails at $1,500 and only 100 will be sold due to its exclusive printing process. Peleg’s team prints the jackets in Spain and ships them worldwide to consumers.
With the help of Gerber Technology’s programs, including AccuMark 3D, a virtual sample design module and YuniquePLM, a synchronized product management software, Peleg created her latest collection, “The Birth of Venus.” Inspired by the legendary Sandro Botticelli painting, the collection features 3-D printed dresses and jackets in a pink-nude tone. The designer plans to launch a full online catalogue of garments soon.
“We are excited to help Danit bring 3-D printed garments to the market and be a part of this incredible journey,” said Gerber Technology VP of digital solutions, community and ecosystem Elizabeth King. “Our creative partnership has helped define a workflow in AccuMark 3D for the benefit of our customers who will transform the industry in the coming years.”
Xenoma’s latest apparel innovation could help consumers interpret their workouts.
The Japan and U.S.-based smart apparel company debuted its first gesture tracking e-skin shirt on Kickstarter. The camera-free garment incorporates AI and virtual reality technology to analyze exercise and sports activity. Stretchable sensors and electronics indicate the wearers’ movement, without affecting the comfort and durability of the shirt.
“Our e-skin is quite useful and insightful for recognizing what kinds of activities the wearer is doing without being constrained by a camera,” said Xenoma co-founder and CEO Ichiro Amimori. “We believe there are a variety of needs where e-skin can provide a solution to satisfy and help people.”
The e-skin and software developer’s kit (SDK) is compatible with many computer software programs, including Java SDK and Unreal Engine for MacOS and iOS. Xenoma’s SDK also has machine learning capabilities. With the help of a data and movement visualization tool, Xenoma’s SDK can plug into Google’s TensorFlow deep learning library and synch with other devices, including Microsoft HoloLens.
Xenoma’s pre-consumer e-skin version will be granted to the first 100 people who back up $479 to their Kickstarter campaign. The company aims to raise $50,000 before it closes on Sept. 6.