- Researchers create new temperature-adapting fabric.
- It can change its properties to help regulate the passage of heat through it.
As seasons and weather changes, so do the clothes used to protect ourselves from the environment. While there are fabrics that help with perspiration in the summer and provide insulation in winters but now, Researchers at the University of Maryland have created a new fabric that can change its insulation property dynamically to help regulate body temperature. The fabric automatically controls the amount of heat passing through it and this was made possible because the researchers used specially engineered yarn coated with carbon nanotubes, which is a conductive metal. The fabric allows infrared radiation or heat to pass through when the environment around it is warm and moist, similar to when one is sweating. Similarly, it reduces the escaping heat under arid and cool conditions.