I travelled 20 years into the future and saw the future me. I saw myself leading a world of innovation, and creating technologies that had changed the world.
In 2015, a dress that looked like two different colors was all over social media. Twenty years later, color-changing clothing was a reality. My work in bio-mimicry and materials science had led to an innovation in clothing.
I was wearing adaptable (resizable and self-repairing), color-changing clothing inspired by nature. The clothing measures your body, then the inexpensive, nano-fabric grows or shrinks to the wearer’s size. The color and designs transform for a custom look. The nano-fabric can repair itself.
This was an attractive invention for people who like to change the look of their clothing. However, the clothes were most useful for children in third-world countries where not everyone can afford to replace clothing often.
The military had also adopted this clothing. The military was using these clothes to camouflage themselves in different climate zones.
Another benefit was allowing people to have different styles of clothing without owning dozens of clothes. This reduces the cost, space and the energy spent. Self-repairing clothes also reduce waste as you don’t have to throw out ripped clothing.
This material was called – MAGIC (Material Adjusts and Grows In response to Change.) “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.“ – Arthur C. Clarke.
Returning to 2015, I am inspired to make this MAGIC material a reality!