Responsive Clothing Adapts To Outdoor Temperatures For Optimal Comfort [Video]

Responsive Clothing Adapts To Outdoor Temperatures For Optimal Comfort [Video]
Design & Architecture

Thermoregulation properties of wool have been adapted to mimic the pores of biological skin.

Serena Chu
  • 3 march 2014

Designer Jacqueline Nanne decided to focus on what she considers the most pressing need for clothing in order to of survive in the wilderness: warmth. Her experimental project, Adaptive Survival Clothing, adapted the thermoregulation properties of wool and turned them into a sensible textile that can eliminate the need to change clothes in different seasons.

To help hikers and explorers stay comfortable in an ever-changing temperature environment, this special wool has a system of holes that open and close in relation to the wearer’s movement. As the woven material breathes in fresh air, precipitated heat is released through the half open holes of the outer layer, in specific cooling and warming areas located on the chest, abdomen and back.


Each of the three layers have been treated with Nitinol, a temperature-sensitive memory wire, to ensure quick response to temperature fluctuations.

Though only in the development phase, such survival clothing could lessen the load for people trudging through the wilderness and recycle their body heat in a much smarter way.

You can see how the pore-like structures of the textile open and close in the video below.

Adaptive Survival Clothing

Source, Images: Wearable Senses


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