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Clothing treated with the CatClo laundry additive can remove nitrogen oxides from the air

A laundry additive created by researchers from the University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion turns clothing into a photocatalytic material that can help remove nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the air. One of the most prominent air pollutants, nitrogen oxides are emitted from the exhausts of ICE-powered vehicles and aggravate asthma and other respiratory diseases. The researchers claim one person getting around town in clothing treated with the additive for a day would be able to remove roughly the same amount of nitrogen oxides produced by the average family car each day.  Read More

BLACKSOCKS founder Samy Liechti, extolling the virtues of Smarter Socks

If you’re someone who can afford really fancy socks, then it’s entirely possible that you might not want to “lower” yourself to the act of going into a store to buy them. That’s why Switzerland’s BLACKSOCKS started its Sockscription system, in which users regularly receive premium new Italian socks by mail. It doesn’t stop there, however. The company is now offering Smarter Socks, which communicate with the user’s iPhone to deliver the, um ... ultimate sock-sorting experience.  Read More

The Verisize app is designed to determine what size of clothing a person takes, without re...

Buying clothes online is always a bit of a crapshoot. You might know that a Large shirt from one designer fits you, but that doesn’t mean that a Large from another designer will also. That’s why a group of PhD students from Spain’s Universitat Autònoma de Bacelona (UAB) created the Verisize app – it’s intended to lessen buyers’ chances of ending up with clothes that don’t fit.  Read More

Advantac showed its latest ModMission designs at the Outdoor Retailer show in August

Imagine having the storage of a fishing vest that you can customize for all types of activities - hunting, hiking, photography, motorcycling, etc. Advantac is about to bring that type of vest over to the consumer market. The ModMission vest uses integrated mounts and customizable storage modules to give you just the right carry capacity.  Read More

X-Bionic Mountaineering Pants include many integrated thermal management features

When you're trekking, roping, scrambling and climbing up the world's tallest mountains, you can't be worrying about your clothing failing. X-Bionic Mountaineering Pants are designed to work in mountain environments and include key features that keep you lithe and comfortable for the trip ahead ... but such technologically advanced trousers don't come cheap.  Read More

adidas produced 50,000 t-shirts using the resourse-saving DryDye process in Q2 2012

Textiles are a resource-heavy business. In an effort to reduce water consumption, energy use and a need for chemicals, adidas created the DryDye technology, which uses pressurized CO2 in place of water to dye t-shirts and other garments.  Read More

British Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy turns up the heat on his 'hot pants'

Before competing, professional cyclists jump on a trainer and ride to warm-up, but muscles can lose this heat if there's a time delay between the warm-up and the start of the race. In an effort to plug this gap and gain the tiny advantage that's so critical in top-level sport, adidas has created ADIPOWER muscle warming garments - a pair of track pants with a battery-powered heater, helps keep muscles at the right temperature.  Read More

The sleeveless Stuffa Jacket aims to lessen the hassle of traveling, reducing the need for...

Ask people to list their own personal bêtes noires of 21st century living and airport waiting times are bound to come up. Between the queue at security and the uncomfortably metaphorical never-endingness of the baggage carousel, we seem to spend an increasing proportion of our "travel" time doing quite the opposite. The new sleeveless Stuffa Jacket, from UK-based designer Sandro Cafasso, aims to lessen the hassle of getting from A to B, reducing the need for luggage by incorporating storage compartments into the jacket itself. Gizmag spent some hands-on time with a pre-launch prototype to put the Stuffa through its paces.  Read More

Kuchofuku's Air-Conditioned Cooling pants feature two battery powered fans to keep your le...

If you’re looking to complement your air-conditioned shirt with a pair of pants to help keep your bottom half cool in the summer heat then Japanese company Kuchofuku has you covered. The Kuchofuku Air-Conditioned Cooling pants feature two battery-powered fans to direct a refreshing flow of air onto your legs and nether regions.  Read More

The Apollo dress shirt from Ministry of Supply uses NASA space suit technology to regulate...

So you're looking dapper in your snappy business suit as you head out into the afternoon sun to walk a few blocks to your next meeting but by the time you arrive you're a good deal less fresh than when you set off just moments before. Your expensive new super white cotton shirt is stuck to your back and something nasty is taking to the air around you. This is precisely the kind of scenario that the Apollo shirt from Ministry of Supply was designed to combat. The wrinkle-free dress shirt makes use of NASA technology to help regulate body temperature, while also neutralizing pit-pong and adapting to the movement of the wearer.  Read More

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