Great Scott!The self-drying jacket that Marty McFly wore in 2015 in the movie Back to the Future II has actually become a reality this year.
Falyon Wearable Tech, a San Francisco-based starup is now working on this futurist apparel.And they also pick a future style name to it, that is, SDJ-01. Obiviously, “SDJ” is the short for “self-drying jacket”,but this is not as simple as it looks.
Aaron Coleman ,who is the lead designer at jacket maker,thinks the jacket is more than a copy of movie costume.”Of course we can’t deny Back To The Future had a huge impact on our decision to pursue this wearable tech now, just like it influenced Nike and their self-lacing shoes or the various hoverboard makers,” he told the Daily Dot.”Once we really delved into the project and got to know the wearable tech scene,” he said, “we began to feel that it’s really stunning the kinds of things people are doing with wearable tech these days.”
To make it work, the team chose water-resisting material that can be quick dried.More importantly, they used air amplifiers to achieve the ideal function, which Coleman described as “lightweight but powerful modified fans”weighing less than 5 ounces each mounted on the jacket.A button near the bottom of the zipper is for you to turn on those air amplifiers.After that, air would be sucked in and circulated throughout the garment by the fans.Finally, 3 exhaust vents along the neckline release the air. If you like, they can cool you down in the summer too.
“Since the air only escapes in small quantities, this means the jacket gets maximum exposure to high pressure, high flow air currents, and it dries from the inside out,” Coleman said.
To power the fans that keep the dampness from setting in, the jacket stashes a rechargeable power cell in an interior pocket. and this can ensure 30-minute running at most. Wearers can charge it either inside or outside the jacket.There’s even a more considerate design of a special pocket for your electronic devices such as smartphone and tablet if you don’t want them get wet.
For now, this Back to the Future II-inspired product is not on store shelves yet, while Falyon does crowdfund it on Kickstarer. The company has obtained more than the expecting $12,000 as minimum requirements for factory production. According to Coleman, they are supposed to sell one jacket for $189 once the funding goal was reached.You may have the choice of charcoal black, metallic silver, titanium white, cobalt blue or “special edition”red-and-black version which looks exactly like the movie one.
Actually, Coleman is quite confident about their product and apparently proud of the design. “Our target customers are people that want to dry their jackets quickly and don’t mind showing off that they are using wearable tech to do so,” he said. “Just as people don’t feel self-conscious about wearing something like Google Glass or talking to their watches, they shouldn’t feel self-conscious about using wearable tech to dry their jacket after they’ve been rained on.”It’s hard to tell,but you don’t have to worry about the residual effects of the weather if you buy a new jacket that dries itself.