Smart clothes have been slow off the mark but they are the next step beyond wearables. After all, connected tech is at its best when it is inconspicuous. Best of all, these are items you would have worn anyway, but smarter.
A new Kickstarter project has just launched for all times you wished you could control the temperature of your apparel. The Kinesix ThermoSmart Jacket is designed to look just like an everyday jacket, but with a concealed heat management module making sure you are never get cold again.
While this is not the only smart jacket on the market, it may be one of the most intelligent. Created by Montreal based Kinesix Sports, the apparel has multiple thermal sensors inside. They measure the temperature in the front, back, and sleeves, making sure all specific parts of the jacket are warm enough.
In “manual” mode, the user sets the desired temperature using the mobile app or the heat management module and the intelligent system will make sure the jacket stays at that temperature no matter what you are doing. Battery life is up to 3 hours at full power (40°C/104°F) and you can recharge the jacket via a wall plug, car plug or USB plug (this last option will take longer to charge).
In “automatic” mode, the jacket auto-adjusts. So for example, if you are exercising the jacket will produce less heat because your body already produces it. But as soon as you stop, the heating system kicks in. With this mode, you extend the battery life because the system will not be in use when you do not need it.
With 37 days remaining, the campaign is about a third of the way to its intended goal. ThermoSmart is going for CA$348 which equates to around 280 US dollars. If all goes well, backers can expect to receive their jacket by the end of this year, just in time for the cold winter months.
Price: CA$348 and up
CA$19,379 total funds raised out of CA$62,000 goal
37 days to go
Estimated delivery: December 2017
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