Thursday, September 23, 2010

Clothes in a can

This is something that I don't see catching on, but then again, people are generally kind of stupid...
As the fashion pack leave London for Milan, one designer and a professor of particle technology unveiled their own unique collection made in one afternoon with spray-on fabric.

The pair, Manel Torres and Paul Luckham, are perfecting a fabric that can be sprayed onto skin and other surfaces to make clothes, medical bandages and even upholstery.

Torres, a visiting academic at Imperial College London, approached Luckham, an Imperial College professor of particle technology, to help him realize his dream of a spray-on garment that can be taken off, washed and worn again.
First of all, I have to say that this does sound like it has some potential as a medical technology. Instant, spray-on bandages could be really helpful, especially in an area where there's a shortage of clean linen, like a battlefield.

As clothing, though, meh. The article says that one of these people sprayed a T-shirt onto someone "in a matter of minutes." Um, I can pull on a regular T-shirt in a matter of seconds.

Also, Torres said that the material was "like a second skin." Aside from the segment of the population that has a nicely defined muscle tone, that's not going to be all that appealing. At least, I would hope not.

Oh, and it just occurred to me that spray-on pants would leave very little to the imagination.

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