Armed with our initial vision of a base garment that could essentially play videos or images on its surface, let’s explore some of the challenges that need to be addressed before this could become reality.
Last time we talked about some of the properties needed by a material used for comfort. This time, let’s discuss comfort as it pertains to the make and manufacture of the actual garment.
There are certain stress points in every garment that can cause discomfort to the wearer if the construction techniques used aren’t properly executed. For example, all internal seams should be properly finished with an appropriate thread in order to reduce chafing and itchiness in the wearer. Places where multiple seams meet need to be ‘graded’, or have the bulk reduced, so that they do not create a possible source of chafing. Seam placement should avoid being placed across areas of the body where they may rub or chafe.
In the case of a base ‘video’ garment, seams should not only be placed carefully and finished to avoid chafing and discomfort, but they should also be sealed so that all circuitry is contained and not exposed to the wearer’s body. This will prevent minute electrical discharges along the seam edges ‘shocking’ the wearer.
That of course, brings us to the question of the safety considerations of such a garment, next time.