This infographic shows the historical function of clothes from top to bottom, including the new possible functionalities clothes can bring for the future. It is a way of mapping the potential evolvements for smartclothes in the new human enviroments since clothes are a direct reflection of our society. The topic is split into three different categories in order to understand the essential different reasons why we are wearing clothes. The infographic is a result of the research included in
the book/pdf “How things like phones might evolve from your pocket into your pants”. The symbols illustrate the general functions clothes have contributed in ours daily lifes. These functionalities have a range from military equipment (which has been an important contributor to smart clothing), specialised working enviroments, social design, sports and more. With this inforgraphic I hope to shine more light on the possible new designes that could come to market in the future.
During the workprocess I have been talking to different people in the fashion industry aswell with people taking part in technological developments that can be applied in textiles. As a conclusion from the pdf and the infographic I made a design proposal. This proposal is based on the future need of electricity by mechanical clothes. Since electronics can be produced cheap and very small there is a big liklyhood these will be used more in next clothing colections.
The concept proposes an organic and flexible way of applying solarcells to textiles. The concept is ment to be an inspiration for others to think about wearable technologies closer to the human body. Is technology going to stay in interaction through our hands (like phones) or will it become completly invisible?
While prototyping cardboard was used to look into the way the pattern behaves on textile. The last image in the down right is made from a polycrystalline cel. Working with solar cells is a hard task since the material is very vulnerable. Cutting cells with cnc milling, lasercutting, watercutting, glasscutter or a grinder all results in scattered pieces. The best way is to directly produce the cells in the shape needed. If this is not possible another method has proven to be succesfull. The cell has to be covered with silicone.
After the cell can be cutted by the watercutter on a very low strength.
The prototypes show that the pattern gives the possibility for flexibility in using the cells on textile. The inspiration for the patterns where the scales of fishes. Fish skin has both an easthetical
comparison as an natural prove of concept.