Fashion of the future: Design concepts for tomorrow’s streetwear

In science fiction, future fashion is often portrayed as audacious, radical and often just a bit silly. But what are we really going to be wearing in the future?

To answer that, we decided to look at the concepts being developed by current design students and emerging designers, as they’re likely to be the ones who are influencing the way we dress in the future.

After pouring through online portfolios of designers from around the world, here we present some of our favourite future fashion and wearable concepts.

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LO/REZ Jacket

This jacket by Icelandic designer Sruli Recht is perfect for when you want to look like you were made with a low polygon count.

While it might look like a digital creation, the reality is far cooler. The jacket is made up of pieces of walnut wood, which are fixed to a wool base to creating the astoundingly digital final effect.

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Exo Prosthetic Leg

Designed by William Root, an industrial design major at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, USA, this prosthetic leg concept both looks amazing and is comfortable to wear.

Intended to be 3D printed in titanium, the prosthetic is created as a virtual model using a 3D scan of the owner’s residual limb, ensuring a perfect fit.

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Urbanized Cycling Shoe

Developed by Chicago-based designer Jillian Tackaberry, these futuristic shoes are intended to be fully waterproof and suitable for cycling, while being cool enough to wear anytime.

The shoes are a combination of ripstop nylon, tweet, patent leather and a reflector material that helps cars see cyclists on the road, and there is even an indicator light built into the heel.

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Belt Scooter

Combining fashion and transport in one nifty unit, the belt scooter by Hungarian design student Ádám Török is a pretty awesome solution to city travel.

When not in use, it functions as sits round the waist out of the way, but can be quickly folded out and made taught for a speedy journey home.

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Active Information Respirator

A product developed for city dwellers living in areas with high pollution, particularly China, this respirator is the creation of Alex Morrison, a design student from Loughborough University, UK.

The mask is designed to be more stylish and comfortable than current respirators, and is also paired with an app that informs the wearer of the current local air quality and lets them know when the respirator’s filter needs replacing.

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The Bag

This compact, city-friendly bag is the invention of Lithuanian designer Laura Marija Balčiūnaitė, and is made of an unusual combination of birth plywood and fake leather.

With straps the hold a longboard on the back, the slimline bag can be folded open like a book to reveal spaces for a phone, wallet and notepad or laptop.


Wanted man captured thanks to facial recognition

A Chinese man who was wanted by police for “economic crimes” – which can include anything from tax evasion to the theft of public property – was arrested at a music concert in China after facial recognition technology spotted him inside the venue.

Source: Abacus News

SpaceX president commits to city-to-city rocket travel

SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell has reiterated the company’s plans to make city-to-city travel — on Earth — using a rocket that’s designed for outer space a reality. Shotwell says the tech will be operational “within a decade, for sure.”

Source: Recode

Businessman wins battle with Google over 'right to be forgotten'

A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google.. The businessman served six months’ in prison for “conspiracy to carry out surveillance”, and the judge agreed to an “appropriate delisting order".

Source: Press Gazette

UK launched cyber attack on Islamic State

The UK has conducted a "major offensive cyber campaign" against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, has revealed. The operation hindered the group's ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed its propaganda.

Source: BBC

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Source: CNBC

Four-armed robot performing surgery in the UK

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Source: BBC

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Source: Quartz

Google employees protest being in "the business of war"

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Source: New York Times

Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently”

MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that transcribes words that the user verbalises internally but does not actually speak aloud. The wearable device picks up neuromuscular signals in the jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalisations — saying words “in your head” — but are undetectable to the human eye.

Source: MIT News

Drones could be used to penalise bad farming

A report by a coalition of environmental campaigners is arguing squadrons of drones should be deployed to locate and penalise farmers who let soil run off their fields. Their report says drones can help to spot bad farming, which is said to cost more than £1.2bn a year by clogging rivers and contributing to floods.

Source: BBC

Californian company unveil space hotel

Orion Span, a California company, has unveiled its Aurora Station, a commercial space station that would house a luxury hotel. The idea is to put the craft in low-earth orbit, about 200 miles up, with a stay at the hotel likely to cost $9.5 million for a 12-day trip, but you can reserve a spot now with an $80,000 deposit.

UK mobile operators pay close to £1.4bn for 5G

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Source: BBC