Smart clothing, ie clothing with any sensors and sensors now nobody uvidivish. Not so long ago there was even a clever shoe that allows you to understand where you are now.
However, a truly useful projects in the world of clothing and shoes not so much. However, such projects are. For example, sweatshirt FuelWear. In FuelWear have heaters, there is a temperature sensor and a battery which supplies the entire power system.
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In general, the appearance of this hoodies unremarkable - it is quite usual wear black. Not quite common material hoodies - it is not synthetic, as it may seem, and the material of natural origin - bamboo fiber. They say clothes from such fibers is very convenient.
Now developers have a prototype ready men hoodies (and it is shown in the video), and the female will be prepared in conjunction with the Canadian manufacturer of sportswear Gruven.
FuelWear itself is not very thick, so no heating is not enough. And indeed, on the front side is the two heating elements (flexible, very thin, not felt when worn), and the lumbar part also has a heating element.
Need for heating energy that is stored in a small battery (capacity is not yet announced). In one case with battery and temperature sensor is located, as well as the control system. The device is small in size, it is provided for a small pocket in the front. This module connects the wire (the connection process is shown in the video).
It is worth noting that FuelWear can be washed in the machine, like any other clothing. Only the battery must first be removed.
The system is configured to automatically adjust the temperature of the heating elements. The colder it is - the higher the temperature (up to a point), the warmer - the heating temperature is lower. If you go to a warm place, the system automatically turns off.
As for battery life, when heated to 10 degrees (above body temperature) battery will last for 3 hours. When the temperature increases by 5 degrees (above body temperature), the battery last 6 hours. Finally, during heating at 2, 5 degrees charge lasts for 12 hours.
On the control module has a charge indicator, so you can always see how much the battery is low.
Who are the developers?
FuelWear developed by a team of University of Toronto and the company Hatchery (last engaged in the promotion of the project).
Now developers raise funds on Indiegogo, but already collected at 2, 5 times more than planned, so that the campaign can be called successful.
The cost of one copy FuelWear be $ 250, will go on sale Hoodie in December 2014.