The Future of Workout Clothes Might Be A Little Different Than You’d Expect

Some interesting work has been being done over at MIT regarding workout clothing.  When I hear workout clothes I think Under Armour, Nike, Adidas and the like.   The overall goal of these companies is to make clothes designed to workout in that breathe better, wick away moisture and keep the wearer cool.   bioLogic though the name of this new technology integrated into workout gear and shoes made with help from New Balance.

How it works is there are flaps on the shirt and shoes that have bacteria printed on them that react to heat and your body sweat.  When your body temperature rises it causes the bacteria on the flaps to expand therefore opening the flaps for better ventilation while working out.  When the bacteria dry out they retract and close the flaps.

Ok ok, I know what you’re thinking.  You want me to wear a living bacteria.  You have absolutely nothing to worry about it has been assured that the bacteria contained in the fabric is completely harmless inside and out of humans.

This isn’t the only application for these bacteria though.  MIT is hard at work developing variations of this material such a fluorescent bacteria that could illuminate during a workout, and also a bacteria that could inhibit body odor.

Source: Techcrunch

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