What good is our current technological dystopia if no one is dressing like they’re in a cyberpunk movie? Sure if you go the right hip urban neighborhood you’ll find some body-modded folks who stepped off the set of Blade Runner but for the most part people are just wearing the same regular jeans and T-shirts even as they hit up the robot strip clubs. It’s lame.
Fortunately, at CES 2018 we got a glimpse at just how snazzy our future outfits could be courtesy of E Ink. No longer content just making Kindle screens easier on the eyes, E Ink is now applying its color-shifting technology to fashion with the E Ink Prism.
E Ink Prism is a plastic film, originally made for architects, that Japanese printing company Dai Nippon Printing thought might have some clothing applications. The film changes into one of seven colors when you run a current through it, so what better way to keep an outfit fresh than by constantly changing its appearance. And since white is the default color, you always have something for summer.
At E Ink’s CES booth our sister site PCMag got to check out a monochrome “matador jacket” covered in E Ink Prism that hypnotically changes from black to white and back again. Style options are currently limited since the material is stiff and can’t be washed. But those restrictions might just lead to more creativity from fashion designers, who already have access E Ink Prism.
It’ll probably be years before you can actually buy an outfit made out of E Ink Prism, but that peek into the future is the beauty of CES. If you’re really feeling impatient, you can try ripping the screens out of your E-readers and gluing them to your coat. But we don’t recommend it.
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