Here is a moisture-responsive workout suit that with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat. Its flaps are lined with live cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity. Here is why this matters:
After five minutes of exercise, the suit’s flaps started opening up, right around the time when participants reported feeling warm and sweaty. According to sensor readings, the flaps effectively removed sweat from the body and lowered skin temperature, more so than when participants wore a similar running suit with nonfunctional flaps.
MIT researchers are planning to commercialize this technology in the future.