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Student invents self-cleaning T-shirt
Shirts made from Silic use nano-technology to prevent water-based liquids from soaking in.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM
the bane of your existence? Then get ready to plant a big, sloppy kiss on Aamir Patel, a 20-year-old college student and entrepreneur from San Francisco
, who recently invented a material called Silic that is waterproof and cannot be stained by liquids.
Patel launched a Kickstarter page
to fund his project and he has already well-exceeded his $20,000 goal (at press time, he was up to about $185,000.) According to Patel, his fabric uses nanoparticles of silica bonded to the fibers on the microscopic level. This causes water-based liquids to simply roll off the material rather than soak into it. Here's more detail on the fiber's design from Patel's Kickstarter page:
Patel started looking into his project about 18 months ago while researching "smart clothing,
" meaning clothing made from fabrics that resist wrinkles and in some cases, stains. But none have ever been as water- and stain-proof as Patel's Silic fabric.
Patel even went to extra lengths to ensure that his new fabric would be fashionable as well as functional. For the shirt's design, he teamed up with a former designer from Vera Wang.
Silica shirts will be available in May, and after that, perhaps in a store near you.
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