MIT’s Active Auxetic – A Smart Adaptable Material for Clothing

MIT has revealed a new kind of materials called ‘Active Auxetic’ which adapt itself to suit any weathers. 

The Porous Materials Become Tighter in Cold Weather

This new programmable material is developed by restructuring the existing materials, like wood, leather and carbon fiber, as well as new kind of fabrics, then testing under different changing scenarios such as temperature, moisture, light and pressure.

Consequently, the output is similar to human’s pores that expand and contract respectively to the surrounding temperature, Active Auxetic will shrink in cold weather to increase insulation, and expand in warm weather to let a breeze circulate through.

The Pores Expand When in Hot Weather

Images courtesy of Designboom.


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