Colour Changing Fashion T-shirt Thermochromic Pigment by Collette Costello – Fashion Futures & Wearable Technology Series

Hyper-colour t-shirts that change colour have been around since the 1980s, they changed colour with body heat so were not too flattering. What is different about my design is that the colour change is powered by electricity, this means that you can control which areas heat-up, so patterns and words can be revealed in the design like my Kiku logo below.

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The video shows this colour change actually happening on a garment, it is possible to see that when the thermochromic pigment is linked to a battery and the on button pressed, parts of it changes colour.

Battery Alternatives

A big issue with wearable technology is powering garments, batteries just look bulky and messy, so here are few alternative ways my design could be powered.  Recently scientists have developed a fabric that can generate electricity from the wearers body heat, called “Thermoelectric Generators”.

Solar cells can also be printed on to paper and fabric, I was amazed to discover that with the right ink containing “Photovoltaic Cells” you could print your own solar panels on your printer at home.

To learn more about wearable technology check out the rest of my blog section “Fashion Futures & Wearable Technology”.

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