Already 3 days of CES (read DAY0, DAY1, DAY2, here) and still a lot to say! Today, the Fashionware show featured one of a kind inspired designs including Ece Ozalp, biometric shoes again, 3D printing and more.
THE FASHIONWARE SHOW REPORT
The FashionWare runway show gives us some hints on the possibilities offered by technology and innovation to the future of fashion, it highlights talented young designers who manage to imbed tech into garments and accessories every year. We deciphered three technologies from the show promised to enhance the fashion market in 2016: 3D printing, smart fabrics, activity trackers & biometric sensors.
(Sorry, we still don’t consider LEDs nor an innovative technology nor a trend, only gimmicky and thus discrediting tech in fashion. End of the subject).
3D printing is not new anymore and many brands had the occasion to play with it during this past year. Now comes the time of innovation. Advances in printing textile are still beta testing, even if spray-on fabric was already existing 10 years ago (but only printed without weaving touch); at the CES, the challenge lies in making printable materials wearable through smart cuts or chain-mail like prints.
Here are the start-ups/designers who understood the stakes:
- “3D Printed Dress” by Silvia Heisel: an all-black dress fully 3D printed from a home printer in NYC, according to Heisel. While 3D printed materials are relatively affordable, Heisel explained that the garments were still very expensive to produce because of the slow printing process.“We can’t mass produce them yet,” Heisel said. “But anyone who has a printer can print one at home.”
- 3D Systems’ Fabricate app lets designers print plastic shapes directly onto fabric. The company’s Cube desktop printer lays out a thin layer of 3D-printed material, then mesh fabric is sandwiched in the middle before the final layers are printed on top. The result is a flexible 3D texture that can be integrated into clothing. We love all about personalisation, it opens the door to more individual creativity, personalised pieces thanks to DIY 3D printing at home.
Everyone knows Google’s project Jacquard, but smart fabrics are much more diversified. Today the major problem of smart textile is first to succeed in making the textiles thinner and washable (even with conductible threads within it) and second to integrate the technology in the piece of clothing to avoid adding tiny but heavy plastic boxes.
Who’s heading towards this?
- Ece Ozalp, with her UI dress, that can connect any smartphones or wearables through bletooth and show relevant data via el or led light.
Activity trackers have run their first prototypes, embedded in accessories such as rings, bracelets or belts. Their next move (and we spotted everyone is at this point) is making the technology more fashionable in order to make it more fashionable and user friendly.
For us the third step would be to improve recommendations: the wearable brand who will start interpreting the data they collect and making target & personalized recommendations (allowing partnership with brands) will win the market. So which brands are the closest to this?
- “Origami Gown” by Phi Illuminated: the gown is 3D printed with LEDs around the skirt, it features a movement sensor to be attached to the wearer’s wrist to control its lightning level. The gown should be available to the public “within a few years”, according to a Phi Illuminated representative, priced at $3000.
- “Smart Sock” by Sensoria fitness: another connected shoe, interacting with a smartphone, monitoring running form and sending signals to the smartphone. Get a real-time feedback and coaching for jogging, based on your running style. The coach is actually supposed to asses your running and prevent you from poor running styles to prevent injury!