Wearables are gaining momentum in the tech industry, and a new 3D-knitted onesie is following suit. The BB.Suit 0.2 can purify the air around its wearer. Given the rise in air pollution, the high-tech garment can help safeguard against harmful substances in the air.
The BB.Suit 0.2 is a collaboration between Borre Akkersdijk, Martijn ten Bhomer from the Eindhoven University of Technology, ByBorre, Eva de Laat, StudioFriso, Daan Spangenberg Graphics and Dutch magazine WANT.
"The combination of the integrated wearable technology and advanced production techniques empowers producers and consumers to contribute to a cleaner fashion industry, with less side-waste and a more conscious and emotional bond between the wearer and their clothing," said the BB.Suit 0.2 team.
Creators of the BB.Suit 0.2 believe that regular clothes are in constant contact with the surrounding air, which can carry pollutants that are invisible to the eye. The BB.Suit 0.2 includes air filtering and purification technologies to clean the air around the user. The BB.Suit also takes advantage of the patented Cold Plasma technology, which has been developed by Squair.
The Cold Plasma technology splits water and oxygen molecules into free radicals. The radicals then react to bacteria, toxic gases, viruses and dust, and cleanse the air around the wearer. The garment also includes an integrated air quality sensor, which measures carbon monoxide, liquid petroleum gas and methane in the surroundings and also generates location-based data.
When data is combined from all the wearers it can also analyze the air quality, which can help wearers react more effectively to the air pollution around them.
The 3D-knitted onesie, however, is not expected to go into mass production anytime soon. Akkersdijk reveals that the BB.Suit 0.2 is very difficult to wash, which can become a problem if it is made commercially available.
Technologies behind BB.Suit 0.2 can definitely help people to stay protected against air pollution. The creation is currently on display at the Beijing Design Week.