Rip it and watch the material form back together in real time
Science hasn’t figured out how to turn us into superheroes yet, but these self-repairing clothes should help hold us over for now.
Imperial Motion, a clothing company based out of Washington state, has developed a line of bags and jackets with a double-sided coating that allows them to reseal and repair themselves from small holes and punctures. Great news for anyone who works with barbed wire; bad news for anyone who prefers the distressed look.
The magic happens when you apply heat and friction. To fix a small puncture or laceration, rub two fingers over the area for about ten seconds. Remove your hand, and voilà—the hole is gone.
The jackets go for about $80, which is pretty good considering the self-repairing clothes market is miniscule. The jackets and bags’ lightweight nylon also locks out water and uses rip stop fibers that are tougher to tear to begin with.
The Nano Cure Tech fabric does have its limits though; the brand does not recommend testing it with scissors or knives. If you’re dumb enough to actually do that, you don’t deserve clothy worthy of Wolverine anyway.
A research team from University of California, Riverside, is working to advance the self-repairing technology by applying the technology to lithium ion batteries. That means when you drop your phone right onto the freaking concrete, it could fix itself.
The lead researcher says Wolverine was his idol growing up, so we have Marvel to thank for the inspiration here. So far, the team used the material to make a transparent artificial muscle, which means replicating the superhero’s powers aren’t completely off the table. In the meantime, here’s how naturally repair your muscles after a killer workout.