A new liquid mixture will allow people to literally spray clothes onto their body. Once the mixture hits your body, it turns into a thin layer of fabric that can be peeled off, washed, and re-worn. Unfortunately, it's also skintight.
It's sorta crazy to think about your future morning routine: wake up, shake the aerosol can and spray yourself silly to get dressed. Is that even possible? Yes it is. Developed by Imperial College London and a company called Fabrican, the spray-on fabric is made from short, cross linking fibers that are combined with polymers, the fibers then cling together to form the material. Its kept in liquid form through a solvent which evaporates when the spray hits the surface.
So it totally works but why would someone want to make this? Manel Torres, the designer behind the spray on clothes, says:
"When I first began this project I really wanted to make a futuristic, seamless, quick and comfortable material. In my quest to produce this kind of fabric, I ended up returning to the principles of the earliest textiles such as felt, which were also produced by taking fibers and finding a way of binding them together without having to weave or stitch them"
And futuristic it is! One thing though, spray on clothes is a great idea if we all looked like swimsuit models but since we, er, don't, it'd just make for a very unflattering future. Imagine everyone wearing thin, skintight shirts and pants. Not a pretty sight. [Wired]