Fast forward nearly a century, and wearable technology has come a long way since flashing ties — think biometric T-shirts and smart digital tattoos. And it is still evolving, moving from gadgets to fashion statements to the potential for a future in which technology is easily integrated into our clothing and lives. A shirt that controls temperature or changes shapes to give you a custom fit, for example. Or even one that is able to provide power — imagine no longer needing to charge your cell phone with a stray cord.
But getting there requires the cooperation and integration of two seemingly disparate worlds: fashion and technology. Amanda Parkes believes that it doesn’t mean that everybody has to be an electrical engineer and a fashion designer. “It’s really more about being able to speak each other’s language… to understand how processes work, to understand limitations and constraints.”
What are the barriers in your society to the integration of fashion and technology? Are there any encouraging signs that your society is embracing this innovative trend?