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Colour-chang­ing T-shirts have been around since the psy­che­delic ’60s, but fash­ion de­signer Lau­ren Bowker has taken the idea a step fur­ther with her de­sign com­pany, The Un­seen (the­un­seen­em­po­rium.co.uk). She’s de­vel­oped spe­cial inks that change colour in re­sponse to ‘un­seen’ en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, such as heat and air pres­sure. Her web­site sells high-end cou­ture items, such as a £750 scarf that changes colour with the move­ments of your body, and the £200, touch-sen­si­tive Arte­fact iPhone case.

Bowker is also ex­plor­ing more use­ful ap­pli­ca­tions of this tech. One of her inks re­sponds to car­bon emis­sions so that you can mon­i­tor pol­lu­tion lev­els dur­ing the day. She’s also work­ing on chro­mogenic ma­te­ri­als that re­act to bi­o­log­i­cal data, per­haps warn­ing an ath­lete of im­pend­ing in­jury or mon­i­tor­ing the health of a di­a­betic. As Bowker says: “why make just a pretty dress when you could make a pretty dress that saves your life?”

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