The future shines too bright and we may need a way to prevent ourselves from getting sunburnt. In 2050, the average temperature is estimated to be between 2 and 5 ° C higher than the average of today. This could seem like a small number, but ecosystems are built on subtle equilibria and small shifts can mean big changes in everyday life. How are humans going to contrast these changes, while maintaining good living conditions and keeping the body at a temperature that does not subdue it to increasing stress? That is the question that brought us to the conceptualization of a garment that could enhance the process of skin temperature homeostasis, while also giving extreme comfort to the wearer so that clothes could be thought of as useful devices against climate change rather than mere embellishments.
We are thinking of using engineered fibres and materials that react to variations in outside temperature and humidity, changing their shape on a microscopic and macroscopic level to allow transpiration. The movement of the materials constituting the garment is going to make it suitable for many weather conditions and different seasons, implying the possibility of having fewer garments in our closet and the need for less energy to heat up or refresh closed spaces. Moreover, by making it knitted, it is going to be suitable and comfortable for many different body types, hopefully taking us towards a reduction in the massive production of garments.
Finally, MEGAMORPH technology is going to be key in temperature perception: by embedding it into the garment, it could make the colour of our garment change with the input of temperature itself, going from darker to lighter colours.