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This revolutionary fabric could make flying economy less terrible #WearableWednesday

Could smart fabric make your airplane seat more comfortable

Not quite a wearable so much as a sittable, this company wants to push fabric technology further. Via Fast Company:

The London-based design firm Layer has created a prototype seat that’s knitted with conductive thread. During a plane ride, electrical currents pass through the thread, altering the firmness of different parts of the seat, based on the sitter’s weight, size, and movements. Think of it as automated ergonomics. Through an app, the passenger can further adjust the seat, making it softer or firmer and even hotter or cooler.

Layer’s prototypes were made using digital knitting techniques–the same kind of technology used to make Nike Flyknit shoes–which keeps waste to a minimum because the seat covers can be knit to exactly the right size, without any excess fabric left unused. The vertical tables are modular so that airlines can decide whether they want to provide a screen for in-flight entertainment on more premium flights or ask people to simply use their own–another way to reduce weight.

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