This New Textile From Otherlab Responds to Cold Temperatures

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 12, 2017
References: materialcomforts & springwise
This new textile can be used to create temperature-responsive clothing. Developed by design firm Otherlab, the material will keep you warm or cool by expanding or deflating. This also does away with the need to wear layers.

The new textile is made out of a shape-changing fabric that increases its thickness when it senses cold. With an objective to "make apparel with superior thermal comfort, both indoors and outside," Otherlabs created prototypes shown to be able to double in thickness with a 10 degree temperature change. The thermally adaptive material uses fibers with a familiar feel such as nylon and polyester.

This example of smart clothing demonstrates how smarter materials can be used to reduce resources too.