High-Tech Fashion

“After Earth” is a Sci-Fi movie for Will Smith that I couldn’t resist not to watch.  Of course the movie is great, and as usual I noticed the combat suit worn by Jaden Smith.  The movie costumes were designed by Amy Westcott and she has done an interesting job in setting the features of this combat suit.






Figure (1): The combat suit worn by Kitai Raige in one of the movie scene.   These images adapted fromhttp://uk.eonline.com/news/425313/after … ed-to-know.

Here are some of the features of the suit.  First of all, the ability to sense motion with its smart fabric, as said by Cypher Raige in the movie.  The suit will sense near by motion and change it colour to alert the wearer.  This property is also widely investigated and many researchers are trying to implement it with smart materials.

Toxicity detecting, the suit turns white when it detects blood toxicity.  This feature is also implemented by chemochromatic materials, which change colours in response to chemicals.  Some fabrics were dyed and printed by these materials that can detect the acidity of the sweat, which might give an indication of the wearer’s health.

The other futuristic feature of the suit is the ability to monitor and transmit vital data/reading to the commander.  Many products are available nowadays for military and sport men of this kind that can measure the body vitals and transmit it to either and app or a commander centre.

The currently available wearable interface might not be as advanced or have the same function as the one in the movie but there is a fast acceleration in both the design and innovation in this field.


Figure (2): Sleeve interface by Pioneer, 2000, adapted from http://angelasancartier.net/high-tech-fashion


Figure (3): Textile Interface Swatchbook developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, adapted fromhttps://research.cc.gatech.edu/ccg/?q=p … interfaces


Figure (4): Eleksen touch fabric, adapted from http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/8397 … -to-see-me

Many of these aspects are important for military application, it is worth mentioning that the world wide spendings on military fabric is estimated to be 50 billion dollars, which is around 5 – 7 % of the total military expense [2].

On the other hand there are plenty of high-tech fashion that involved futuristic aspects similar ti the one you might find in a Sci-fi combat suit.


Figure (5): High-tech luminous clothing by LumiGram, adapted from http://www.jimonlight.com/2008/09/08/lu … ecoration/


Figure (6): Intimacy black by Anouk Wipprecht, adapted from http://www.talk2myshirt.com/blog/archives/4690. The dress transform from black to transparent.


Figure (7): Smoke dress by Anouk Wipprecht, adapted from https://uttutextiles.wordpress.com/2013/ … wipprecht/.  The dress release smoke and cover the wearer with fog when people approach.


Figure (8): Pseudomorph by Anouk Wipprecht, adapter from https://uttutextiles.wordpress.com/2013/ … wipprecht/.  It is a self colouring dress.


Figure (9): Emotion sensetive dress by Philips, adapted from http://vesyen.blogspot.co.uk/2009/12/em … nical.html .  The picked up emotion is projected to the outer layer of the dress.

There are many other kinds of high-tech garments, but unfortunately and since these kind of products are new they are kept secret even after the elementary prototype is ready to enable further developments.


http://uk.eonline.com/news/425313/after … ed-to-know
Arvind Sinha, Defense Textile & Camouflage Fabrics, Advances in Functional Textiles – International Conference 25-26 July, Manchester, 2013, p 1 – 9.
https://research.cc.gatech.edu/ccg/?q=p … interfaces
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/8397 … -to-see-me
http://www.jimonlight.com/2008/09/08/lu … ecoration/
http://www.greendiary.com/high-tech-dre … istas.html
https://uttutextiles.wordpress.com/2013/ … wipprecht/
https://uttutextiles.wordpress.com/2013/ … wipprecht/
http://vesyen.blogspot.co.uk/2009/12/em … nical.html


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