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Now, high fashion is meeting high tech -- in this case, at Nano-Tex in Emeryville, Calif. which has developed a new fabric that is showing up in Brooks Brothers shirts, Nordstrom ties, and travelsmith sports jackets
Where normal fabric absorbs stains like grape juice, nanotech fabric from Nano-Tex repels it. The fabric is coated with molecules the company engineered. They attach themselves to one another, and then attach to the fabric forming a nano shield against stains. But unlike like Scotch-Guard or traditional coatings, this nano approach doesn't change the texture of the fabric.
Nano-Tex is already on store shelves, but now it may be coming to a soldier or police officer soon.
Sensatex, based in Bethesda, Md., is working with the military, emergency workers and doctors to develop what it calls a “smart shirt” -- clothing featuring tiny microscopic wires interwoven into the fabric itself.
By turning garments into communication devices, this kind of technology that could one day help outfit the soldier of the future, keeping track of vital signs, and even heat up or cool down depending on the weather.