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Athletic wear often claims to allow ventilation or drain away sweat. Thanks to new inventions by UC Davis engineers, future clothing might actually respond to sweat by opening vents or relaxing constrictions.
The invention is the latest from the Micro-Nano Innovations (MiNi) Laboratory at UC Davis, headed by Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering.
The invention is based on the different ways fabrics can respond to wetting. Postdoctoral researcher Yahui Yang bonded patterns of waterproof fabric to a piece of cotton fabric.