Lifestyle: Smart clothes will soon make air conditioners obsolete
Forget air conditioners, smart clothing of the future may help you stay cool on a hot summer day. Scientists in Finland have developed a new technology that can lead to clothes with the ability to automatically adjust temperature according to the wearer’s actual needs.Developed by scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, the new technology takes care of the thermal, moisture and flow-technical behavior of smart clothing.
The technology is based on the Human Thermal Model calculation tool developed by VTT, enabling the calculation of a person’s individual thermal sensation from the prevailing conditions, an official statement said.
The wearable smart technology can be applied extensively even in demanding conditions, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and different consumer groups such as police officers, firemen, soldiers, outdoor workers, athletes and small babies, the researchers said.
“VTT is now looking for companies to join in the development of this technology for the market,” said principal scientist Pekka Tuomaala from VTT.
“We also have extensive technological know-how, for example in fibre technology of the future, functional clothing solutions such as microfluidics, and detectors, sensors and the Internet of Things,” Tuomaala noted.