3D, 4D printing technology to enable clothing & consumer products that will think for us.Massachusetts Institute of Technology is widely considered the epicenter of the world’s technological innovation, and nothing is more on the forefront of the future than the MIT Media Lab. At events all over the world MIT’s Technology Review tries to start global conversations about technologies that matter, the people who make them and how they could change our lives. Throughout 2015 the chosen topics were as diverse as they were cutting edge, including Augmented Knowledge, Better Living Through Data, Infinite Energy, Rethinking Urban Infrastructure, and Robots Among Us. At last week’s MIT’s Technology Review EmTech Brazil, audiences got a taste of what the future of wearable technology and self-assembling consumer products could be.
As a researcher of fluid interfaces from the Media Lab, Marcelo Coelho sees the future full of clothing and wearable devices that are smarter than us, and better at finding information for us than we ever would be going it alone. Or perhaps our wearable technology will simply be adaptable to any situation that we find ourselves in, such as a shirt that has a hemline that will rise and fall depending on the event being attended. Or even a dress that has flowers that open and close based on the time of day, temperature or even the humidity.