We’ve all learned that not all bacteria is bad. Just think about those ads and commercials selling us products like yogurt and probiotics. Well, we can now wear bacteria as well. The Tangible Media Group at MIT has developed a smart textile using Bacillus Subtilis Natto. The textile, called bioLogic, is made into a clothing item that incorporates slits across the areas where a person would carry high level heat. The bacteria will swell up and expand among the presence of the body’s humidity and thus will propel the slits to open up like vents and allow the individual to cool down. I, for one, am very much looking forward to this invention hitting the retail sector as walking around the city in a wet shirt during a humid summer day just doesn’t cut it.
Note: A big thanks goes out to Alexander Kosztowny, librarian and costume designer, for sharing the bioLogic project with me.