"More and more tech is becoming integrated into clothing and also more practical and even health-oriented. I just wrote a story about a medical device that can be worn to combat chronic pain. I definitely agree there is a lot of innovation in this area, as this slideshow shows, and competitions are one way to inspire people."
Elizabeth, you are right, now also medicated patches are available for killing pains. Apart from that insulin pumps are using by diabetic peoples for self injecting insulin based on blood glucose level. What is next?
You make a good point, Battar. I think there is some good innovation happening with integrated energy harvesters in clothes that will make charging small devices quite easy to do when there is no other power source.
This looks like taking well known technology and sewing it into your jacket pocket, with the disadvantage that you need a seperate one in each jacket. Integrating the technology in your watch, belt or bag makes more sense.
I've seen a backpack with an integral solar powered phone charger. Thats cool. You could probably build that into a belt or baseball cap.
Heated jackets, sweatshirts and socks all sound great for cold winters, especially in parts of the world where it is ridiculously cold, like Wisconsin. I don't live in a place that is nearly as cold, but here in Portugal the houses aren't insulated well and we rely on woodburners to heat them. Wearing heated clothing could really warm things up without using a lot of resources.
Actually now that I think about it, the Florabrella would come in handy in NYC when it rains. Umbrellas become like deadly weapons with everyone fighting for space on the sidewalk. At least people would see you coming!
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There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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