MIT students create breathable body suit that doesn’t let you sweat

first_imgClothes going soggy resulting in body odour is a common problemfaced during ones regular workout schedule. A group of students from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has a solution to this problem with their newly created breathable body suits. It responds to the sweat and heat from a body and prevents discomfort accordingly.Sweating is something indispensable with exercising and workout but thefoul odour is unwanted altogether. It is quite discomforting for boththe trainer and learner. It is the job of the trainer to guide everyone during exercise, so noescaping from this embarrassing situation. But this specially created workout clothwill do away with all the troubling situations concerning body odour. More about the breathable body suitThe suit responds tothe heat and sweat from a person’s bodyThe fabric is lined with microbial cells. With the change in humidity, theyexpand and contract. They act as tiny sensors which opens with bodyheat and shuts as the body cools offThe microbes are genetically engineered organisms and they can also be ‘programmed’ to carry out a number of other functions. One of them would be created with ‘glow-in-the-dark’ aspects and can be used withdifferently engineered cellsThe microbes are harmless and power a tiny mechanism, known as anactuator, that lifts the flap.The workout bodysuit has vents whose size ranges from a thumbnail to that of a fingerWhile testing the garment, a close observation of the sensor readings, reveals that the flaps effectively removed sweat from the body and lowered skin temperature. It is almost like sporting an air conditioner, which gives our body greatrelief Shoes using the same technique are also being developed. Controlling sweat will be easier henceforthadvertisement”This work is an example of harnessing the power of biology to design newmaterials and devices and achieve new functions,” said Xuanhe Zhao, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering andstudy co-author, according to PTI. Speaking of the microbes, lead author Wen Wang said: “These cells are so strong that they caninduce bending of the substrate they are coated on.””This work is an example of harnessing the power of biology to design newmaterials and devices and achieve new functions,” said Zhao, adding, “We believethis new field of ‘living’ materials and devices will find importantapplications at the interface between engineering and biologicalsystems.”Further, the team are making plans to collaborate with sportswear companies tocommercialise their designs, and is also exploring other uses, including moisture-responsive curtains, lampshades, and bed sheets. We will haveto just wait for these interesting innovations. All these have been possible with the success story of biotechnology. Itcan make use of natural cells and dig out multiple uses of them withgenetic modification. Several tests are being conducted. The success ofthis bio-fabric is a big achievement and there are many more to come. To know more about the mechanism check out the video which describes the mechanism of the suit in detail: VIDEO COURTESY: MIT Inputs taken from MIT websiteInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img

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