The age of programmable fashion in here thanks to Seismic, a clothing company that makes apparel to improve peoples’ quality of life.
Seismic’s Spring 2019 collection fuses discreet robotics tech with smart textiles and fashion.
Despite the use of ‘robotics’ in the description of the line, Seismic insists it creates products that look and feel like apparel.
However, these garments made from innovative materials are more than fashion but more like an extension of the body. An extra set of muscles, if you like.
Rich Mahoney the CEO and co-founder of Seismic – pumped by his acquisition of Lumo Bodytech’s intellectual property – showcased the Seismic Spring ’19 collection to the audience:
“We see a future of smart fashion, where getting dressed in the morning will dramatically improve people’s lifestyles and what they’ll be capable of accomplishing”, he said.
Models wearing bespoke Seismic suits – in refined palettes with bright accents of programmable fashion highlighted how Seismic suits support the body’s core functions.
The suits provide up to 30 watts of power to each hip and the lower back and are designed to support sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, and many other activities.
Seismic will enter the consumer market with a limited release in 2019.
The company plans to focus on the activewear market, which sums up to $97 billion in US sales in 2015 according to Morgan Stanley.
“Today we unveiled a product prototype. Yet, our technology will continue to become lighter, smaller and more powerful. The next generations of smart suits will optimise the wearer’s experience by learning and adapting with every use.”
Seismic’s programmable-fashion ‘Powered Clothing’ consists of three distinct layers:
The base layer is the apparel itself, which is designed to be worn primarily as an undergarment or can be worn as activewear on its own.
The base layer also contains interior pockets that hold the removable hardware and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
It is constructed from a combination of stretch knit and woven fabrics that follow the contours of the body and provide support where and when needed.
The strength layer contains the robotic components, located on the outer leg.
This layer extends up to the hip area and includes the lower back, that replicates the functionality of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Seismic’s robotic ‘muscles’ contract and relax, just as the body’s muscles do.
These artificial muscles assist the wearer’s motion, such as standing up from a seated position.
When the wearer is in standing position, the muscles co-contract around the hip to promote stability and improve the posture.
The layer also includes sensors that track body orientation, as well as the force applied by each robotic muscle.
The intelligent layer is contained within an external pack placed on the lower back.
Other key components include:
-An onboard computer with RAM and CPU that gathers data from the sensors throughout the suit.
– A Wireless connectivity pack, that includes WiFi, Bluetooth, and LTE.
The programmable fashion suit provides the user with a unique experience called ‘Symbiosis.’
With Symbiosis, the suit listens to the wearer’s movements and automatically provides support at just the right time.
No other commands from the user are necessary.
“Our beta users love the suit and show us new use cases all the time. Playing tennis, going hiking, even wearing it to concerts if seated for long periods of time,” added Mahoney.
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