Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wearable Technology Water-Purifying Raincoat Keeps You Dry, Quenches Thirst on the Go

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink? Meet “Raincatch,” a hooded slicker that not only keeps you dry in a downpour but also purifies rainwater for wetting your whistle on the move. Designed by Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the multitasking garment uses a system of charcoal and chemical filters to create potable water, which is stored around the hips for weight distribution without strain.
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Can Kenya break the global fashion industry's low-wage model?

Catherine Makie, 27, sews bow ties for European and US markets in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. Photograph: Anna Dubuis The textile industry i...