A new self-drying jacket – just like the one Marty McFly wore – that can dry itself from inside out in only a few minutes, was developed by Falyon Wearable Tech.
According to the San Francisco-based company, the jacket called SDJ-01 (SDJ stands for Self Drying Jacket) uses circulating air pressure in the space between the outer layer of the jacket and the jacket’s inner lining to self dry.
The jacket has a rechargeable battery which feeds energy to the air amplifiers. The battery tucks into one of the interior pockets. SDJ-01 takes about one to two minutes to dry out, for instance after getting soaked in the rain.
Falyon said that the power of the air amplifiers is similar to that of regular hair dryers (and can be even better). The battery is able to run the built-in amplifiers for a thirty-minute period.
Near the neckline, the jacket has three vents to release the air. Thanks to their location, the vents could also dry your hair or face, or perhaps cool you down in the summertime, according to the company.
The SDJ-01 also has plenty of storage space for other gadgets. There are eight pockets of which some are large enough to fit a tablet.
Aaron Coleman, lead tech designer at Falyon Wearable Tech, said that the biggest issue was getting all the technology into the jacket, while keeping the jacket’s bulk to a minimum. Before arriving at the final design, SDJ-01 developers went through a lot of other designs and ruined many jackets, Coleman added.
People who want to dry their jackets in the shortest time, and who do not mind using wearable tech are the target customers, Falyon Wearable Tech stated. Those who would like to purchase the SDJ-01 should not feel self-conscious about using wearable tech to dry their jackets, just as others do not mind wearing Google Glass for example, Coleman explained.
When purchasing the jacket, people can choose from several colours including cobalt blue, metallic silver, charcoal black, and red-and-black – which looks just like Marty’s jacket from “Back to the Future Part II”.
To help fund the project, Falyon Wearable Tech set up a Kickstarter campaign having an original goal of $12,000. The company has already raised $13,951 and there are still six more days to go until the campaign ends. The first batch of self-drying jackets will be ready by April, company officials stated.
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