Husband-wife electrical engineering team Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan, professors at the University of California, Riverside, have created a 3D-printed bikini that filters pollutants out of the water surrounding the wearer. This eco-friendly swimwear was developed in collaboration with design firm Eray Carbajo, and won the top prize at the Reshape 15 Wearable Technology Competition.
The bikini's base layer comprises 3D-printed elastic netting which conforms to the wearer's contours, while embedded into that netting are opaque inserts made from a special material dubbed Sponge. This substance is adept at absorbing contaminants and can fill up on 25 times its own weight on pollutants without becoming saturated with water.
As exciting as a pollutant-filtering 3D-printed bikini is, the technology could also be applied to other clothing articles worn in water, as well as airplanes and satellites.