October Techtiles Storytime

The fashion tech world is figuratively blowing up. I don't plan to make a habit of links posts, but since I can only cover a small portion of the industry on Techtiles, here are my 10 favorite fashion science/tech stories from October. Happy weekend, everyone!

  • The Army has now invented a stain- and dirt-resistant fabric. Yahoo News

  • And so has Penina First, a New York mother with a Masters in biotechnology! She set up a Kickstarter to fund the kid version of what the Army spent presumably loads of money on to engineer. Her 100% cotton clothes repel food, water, oil, and, she notes, drool. Give her your money here.

  • Philips released a video about how they designed the Black Eyed Peas' light-up costumes. Eh? Black Eyed Peas? Anyone? Takers? YouTube

  • We now have "spider silk technology," meaning cloth as strong, proportionally, as spider silk. The Japanese company Spiber (not a typo) designed a dress made of the stuff in May, although who knows why you'd need a dress that is tougher than Kevlar. American companies Kraig and Warwick Mills have teamed up to try to commercialize the fabric. WSJ MarketWatch

  • We're one step closer to having the magnetic strips of our credit cards embedded in our hands. PSFK

  • Wearable tech etiquette is pondered once again. Previously covered: Is it OK to wear Google Glass while pooping? Forbes.

  • Ruth Benerito not only created wrinkle-free cotton in her 97-year-long life, but she also found the perfect red lipstick for her skin tone. Seriously, she looks amazing. New York Times

  • In more Army news, the Army's pricey new uniforms are allegedly already being replaced after being mass-produced before testing of the new, pixelated camo pattern was complete. Natick Army design center spokesman David Accetta wrote to me: "We really can't say anything about camouflage or new patterns other than we have been supporting the Army's Phase IV camouflage evaluation program." Noted. Daily Beast

  • And one incredible long read to get you through the weekend: "I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss." The Star

  • But if you prefer to listen rather than read: This isn't particularly new, but it's a good look at what it's like to really, truly dislike fashion. Sensory Processing Disorder makes clothes deeply uncomfortable, if not painful, to wear. Here, a mother talks about figuring out why her nudist child hates pants more than the rest of us. The Longest Shortest Time