We’ve told you about clothes that can make you invisible. We’ve reported on clothes made from recycled chicken feathers. Soon you’ll be able to wear clothes that protect you from pollution and stop you from catching a cold or the flu.

Fashion designers and fiber scientists have taken “functional clothing” to a whole new level by designing a garment that can prevent colds and flu and never needs washing, and another that destroys harmful gases and protects the wearer from smog and air pollution. How does it do it? The cloth is coated with nanoparticles that create a protective shield around the cotton fibers. The fabrics aren?t dyed?their colors are not the product of dyes, but rather, reflections of manipulation of particle size or arrangement.
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First the Japanese invented a cloak that makes the wearer invisible. Now someone has invented underwear that never needs to be washed (good for the military) and a shirt you can spray onto your skin from a can (perfect for travel!)

The underwear contains chemicals that repel water, oil and bacteria and is made of material that cost the US military $20 million to develop. Fabrican is a spray-on fabric in a can that was invented by researcher Manel Torres.

Innovation is nothing new: there was plenty of it in the past as well. Stay with us on unknowncountry.com as we explore what was and and what is yet to be.

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The Chinese are experimenting with clothes that can be made out of fabrics created from recycled chicken feathers but the Japanese are in the forefront when it comes to clothing evolution. First they invented a cloak that makes the wearer invisible. Now they’ve invented a suit that turns the person wearing it into Superman..

The inventors think it will probably be used to help lift hospital patients and heavy objects. It enables the wearer to lift a 180 pound weight using half the strength that would normally be needed to do the job. The suit itself weighs 66 pounds, but in LiveScience.com, Tariq Malik quotes inventor Hiroe Tsukui as saying, “When I wear it, I don’t feel that it’s heavy at all. The sensors can tell the muscle power needed to lift an object.”
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Those plastic soda bottles you’ve recycled in the last few years are probably part of the carpet that’s in your home or office right now. Could recycled materials part of the clothes we wear? Some people have tried knitting dog and cat hair into sweaters, with varied results. Now researchers are trying to figure out a way to turn chicken feathers into clothes.

Believe it or not, chicken feathers can be turned into fabrics that look just like the wool, linen, or cotton we wear now. With a looming oil shortage, not to mention war in the Middle East, scientists want to learn how we can avoid using petroleum-based synthetics such as polyester. Rayon, which comes from trees, is a natural fabric, but trees are becoming scarce as the population grows.
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