When I was in elementary school, spray-on pants seemed to be a joke of a futuristic culture. To us kids, it was the epitome of advancing technology. How cool would it be to simply spray a pair of shorts, pants, or a skirt on from an aerosol can?
Well, we aren’t there yet. But soon, it looks like we’ll have spray-on shirts!
Here’s a video showing a shirt being made:
Dr Manel Torres and Professor Paul Luckham have developed a spray that contains small fibres which are mixed with polymers to join them together and a solvent that keeps the fabric in liquid form in the can.
The solvent evaporates instantly as the spray touches a surface, creating a smooth clothing material that can be washed and re-worn.
Another super cool characteristic is that they will dissolve in the wash. Granted, this means they won’t last you as long as a normal shirt, but at least it won’t be taking up space in your wardrobe!
Apparently, we’ll have these in about a year, under the name Fabrican. Maybe it’s just me, but I think there might be some better names out there…but hey, I’m not a critic. It’ll cost about $12 a can. I guess that’s worth it, considering you can hardly find shirts under $20 anymore.
They’re also brainstorming on developing it as a furniture upholstery or medical dressings.
So what do you think? Would you try Fabrican when it hits the shelves?