An Intel-powered innovative sports bra, which adapts itself to the wearer’s body temperature, was presented last Friday during a runway show at MADE Fashion Week.
Catwalk model Alex Web strutted down the runway during Chromat’s show while wearing a white sports bra that is able to detect changes in perspiration and breathing.
This new fitness top, featuring a miniature cooling system, was designed by Chromat, an experimental clothing company whose aim is to provide “structural elements for the human body”.
The technology employed by the bra was invented by IT giant Intel, who incorporated in the clothes item its smallest chip, the CurieTM Module. The low-power circuit is the size of a fingertip, but includes 348kB flash memory, a six-axis sensor with gyroscope and accelerometer and Bluetooth Low Energy radio.
Carefully placed within the bra’s band are vents which open and close, regulating body temperature and preventing excessive sweating. The movement of the vents is dictated by the Curie module, which detects perspiration using sensors and cools down the skin, allowing the wearer to train for larger amounts of time.
The fabric of the Chromat Aeros sports bra is a mixture of Lycra, neoprene, mesh and 3-D printed frames. The addition of 3-D technology in its design was motivated by the need to ensure superior quality and more support for larger cup sizes.
“I expect clothing to do work, it should respond to the body”, declared Becca McCharen, creator of the revolutionary top, who also has a background in architectural design.
There were also other mind-blowing clothes, which featured smart technology and were presented as part of Chromat’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
One such example was a neoprene black dress, with a set of carbon-fiber wings that stick out of the garment and expand as the wearer goes through an adrenaline rush. The garment reacts to changes in body chemistry, adapting its shape just like the quills of a porcupine become erect when the animal feels under attack.
The clothes designer came up with this idea watching action movies, where male protagonists can have the option to “Hulk up” and appear bigger and stronger, whereas women don’t have this opportunity.
The “Adrenaline Dress” isn’t necessarily functional, focusing more on giving its wearer the chance to display her power in a physical, conspicuous manner, when she feels angry or threatened.
The Chromat Aeros Sports Bra is currently undergoing further tests, until the Federal Communications Commission approves this technology for mainstream use. Once this permission is granted, the product will be commercially available to anyone eagerly waiting for the arrival of this bra of the future.
Image Source: Chromat