A new type of 'smart' clothing which adapts to changing temperatures to keep the wearer comfortable is being developed by The University of Bath and the London College of Fashion...

A new type of ‘smart’ clothing which adapts to changing temperatures to keep the wearer comfortable is being developed by The University of Bath and the London College of Fashion using nature as a guide.

The clothing will use the latest in micro technology to produce material which will let in air to cool a wearer when it is hot and shut out air when it is cold. This is similar to a system used by pine cones to open up and emit seeds: The smart garments will consist of a top layer of tiny spikes of water-absorbent materialso when the wearer of the clothing gets hot and sweats, the tiny spikes in the material will react to the moisture and automatically open up to cool the wearer. When the wearer stops sweating, the spikes will close down again to stop air getting in.

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