I was surfing through the web as I’m sure most of you do randomly through out your day, and I came across this article, and I’ve got to say, I was quite astonished.
I’m very familiar with the tech world and all that it has to offer, but I have never heard of this before. The US Government just granted MIT $75M for research into high-tech fabrics. Yes you read that right, high-tech fabrics. You’re probably sitting there right now thinking to yourself “What in the world does that even mean?” Well let me tell you about it.
MIT just won this grant to turn clothing and fabrics into wearable electronic devices. They are trying to completely revolutionize the fashion industry by mashing it together with technology. They believe the possibilities are endless. That clothing fibers could be designed to change color, monitor your health, and even store energy.
Can you even imagine that? The clothing you’re wearing be in sync with your phone, where you can check your body temperature, weight, body mass index, and overall health. Or you can even change the color! From black pants to blue or brown pants. That would be quite revolutionary, and I might add very expensive. I think turning something that is ordinary and you wear everyday to making it even more useful is a great idea, but what type of market is this going to hit.
This probably doesn’t sound like a technology that could be purchased by an everyday person, just like Google Glass. Who is going to put out $1000 for high-tech clothing or wearable devices like that. Probably not your average middle class citizen. I think it’s a great idea, and fantastic that MIT was awarded this grant, but I think they need to look at future projections of this in the industry, unless for some reason it’s made affordable. I think you’ll agree with me that it would be very unlikely for that to happen.
What are your thoughts about this whole new category of technology? Do you think this would make a big impact on society or will it only pertain to a certain group of people? Let me know with your comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org