The biggest issue when going abroad is, arguably, finding WiFi, in order to contact your family and friends back home. This problem is close to coming to an end, as you could just wear this onesie, which makes YOU the WiFi hotspot.
Dutch textile developer Borre Akkersdijk has designed a quilted onesie called the BB.Suit, which he presented at this year’s SXSW. While we can all agree it’s not quite there in the fashion stakes yet, the outfit is pretty cool in what it can do technically.
Embedded with copper wires that enable WiFi, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth, the BB.Suit turns its wearer into a mappable hotspot with mp3 streaming ability. Batteries, processor boards, and UI actuators live in the BB.Suit’s pockets, making the rest of the suit feel seamless, and it’s made of two layers of cotton to hide and protect the copper cables, with filling that puffs when it’s steamed, meaning the onesie is super-comfy too!
Akkersdijk has only made two prototypes of the BB.Suit so far, as mass production is problematic given the delicate mechanics involved in the design. For this reason, Akkersdijk is looking to partner with a tech company who will help him develop microprocessors that can withstand daily wear and tear.
In the meantime, Akkersdijk is building his label, ByBorre. He 3D prints complete garments using a hacked circular knitting machine, and has shown his textured designs at Paris Fashion Week. While we’re not sure we’d be happy walking around in this get-up, we’re excited to see if this could mean we’ll be seeing all our high street clothes getting built-in WiFi in the future!
By Hayley Minn | May 20th, 2014