Even in this age of pervasive cell phones and GPS systems, it's possible to get lost. And not lost like "do I take a left or a right to get to Denny's," but the kind of lost where if you don't get found, you're likely to die of exposure and/or be eaten by a bear. This little piece of fabric could put your mind at ease, enabling rescue anywhere on Earth.
We're tired of hearing vague promises about how our shoes will one day be able to power our gadgets, but this particular vague promise got our attention for two reasons: one, it involves liquid metal, and two, the amount of power that it can harvest from walking is ridiculously huge.
We've all got closets full of dumb clothing. I say "dumb" because it doesn't do anything, you just put on however much of it you need to be comfortable. The U.S. Army has had it with all these stupid bulky heavy layers of clothes, and wants someone to go out and invent something smarter.
See that swimsuit? Study it closely. No, keep looking. Okay, now, notice anything weird about it? If you said "well gee it kinda looks compostable," you're much better at observing the finer points of swimsuit technology than I am, because guess what, you're right: it is compostable. And so is the skimpier version.
They say that robots are the future of combat, and we've seen examples ranging from robot scouts to robot fighter jets. Next in line are the soldiers themselves, as a new haptic belt transmits GPS directions and simple commands to allow soldiers to be remote controlled.
Look around. Are you currently being hugged? No? Then you're just one of the millions of people who suffer from chronic intermittent huglessness every day. Don't just be another statistic. Instead, get this coat, which lets you hug a dummy and makes it feel like you're hugging yourself. Problem solved.
Colombia Sportswear has come up with a new type of clothing that can actively cool itself, and you, when it gets wet. It's got some kind of fancy chemical that chills down when exposed to moisture, to the point where if you use enough of it, you can potentially freeze yourself.