Spray on Clothing: Technology of the Future, Today!

A friend of mine just told me about this, and I didn’t believe her at first, because it sounded like a joke. I know there is spray-on hair, but the quality and believability of it is laughable.

Enter Dr. Manel Torres, who has improved upon the idea. From Mashable “Spray-On Clothing Opens Door For Next-Level Tech”:

The company behind this technology is called Fabrican. Developed by clothing-designer-turned-chemist Dr. Manel Torres, who was originally looking for a faster way to produce clothes, the idea came to the self-proclaimed fashion doctor when he went to a friend’s wedding and saw someone getting sprayed by silly string, the popular 90s-era toy.

That’s when Torres got his “aha” moment and decided to pursue an instant, nonstick fabric. The result was the creation of instant garments you can remove and even wash. But the real value goes far beyond fashion. Commercial applications stretch to household products, factories and industry, healthcare, transportation and art.

Los Angeles based artist Aaron Axelrod calls the cans a mobile studio. Axelrod, who’s done installations for The Tonight Show, Coachella and Disney, says he wished he had a tool like this years ago. Instead, he’s had to use less malleable products such as tile, plastic, paint and cotton, often heavy to carry and time consuming to apply.

Beyond art, it’s possible this substance will soon be in hospitals and emergency service vehicles. That’s because the cans are sealed and sterilized, and could work as bandages or as a spray-on cast for broken bones. Welcome to the first-aid kit of the future.

With the addition of nanotechnology, the spray could also become an instant nicotine patch, an oral inoculation or vaccine. Carrying other elements in the fabric is also an option, meaning UV protection, mosquito repellent, vitamin supplements, medication, all could be in the cards. With additives, the fabric could even be fire-proof.

Pretty cool, and promising idea. I would also say if the purchase price can be reduced enough, this would also be a great solution for helping make clothes for people in need (such as in shelters, refugees of natural disasters, etc).

Care to share your thoughts?