We know smart clothing is perfectly placed to monitor our bodies as we work out but what can it do with all that data? Sending it to your smartphone or computer isn’t the only answer.
This smart Aeros sports bra from Chromat is one example of wearable tech infiltrating the twice-yearly annual fashion weeks, which have kicked off in New York. Chromat is a New York based brand founded in 2010 by Becca McCharen and its smart bra tracks temperature, perspiration and stress levels; actually changing shape to support the wearer and optimise comfort.
The Lycra, mesh and neoprene bra uses shape memory alloy, smart metal which ‘remembers’ its original shape. Essentially, it transforms itself as and when you’re hot and sweaty by opening and closing vents to cool you down or warm you up. This is a genuinely useful idea and one we hope moves into the mainstream quicker than some smart clothing ideas we’ve seen.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.