Textiles and cutting-edge technological innovation don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, especially when we’re thinking of smartphones, apps and battery packs. So it is much to our surprise (and our wallet’s absolute delight) that research scientists at The College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) have announced ChroMorphous technology; the coolest, most revolutionary fabric that can change colours and patterns with a mere tap on your smartphone. Translation: gone are the days of having 50 shades of black and none that actually match.
Unlike in other allegedly colour-changing garments, this new fabric incorporates metal microwires with a battery-powered electric current passing through. Panic not, it’s not as scary as it sounds. This only slightly increases the temperature (yikes!) and facilitates the colour change. Prototypes already developed by the team include bags and backpacks, progressing to actual garments all controllable from your smartphone. As if we needed another excuse to be on our phone...
Professor of Optics and Photonics at The University of Central Florida - and the genius we have to thank for this innovation - Dr Ayman Abouraddy says, “We hope that in the future people will assume clothes can do more than just protect [you] from the environment. You assume it can do more – so you put on a garment and then look on your phone and see what is available for it do.”
With the first ChroMorphous tech products hitting the market in 2019, it’s safe to say we know what’s going to be hot next year.
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