Graphene Jacket, The Magnificent Fashionable of Tech

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It is just coming from a family based tech startup named Vollebak (sound like a pop slang phrases in social media of “foll-back” is it? ). Vollebak has founded by twin brothers, and adenture athletes, Nick and Steve Tidball. They taking on the outdoor sport industry using science and technology to make the most advanced sports gear you’ve ever worn, as they said.

The Twin brothers -not the big tech company – make the future of adventure gears.

For their first two years of existence they have built indestructible 100 Year Hoodies made entirely out of Kevlar, Solar Charged Jackets that can be charged by the sun and made to glow, and a clothing system built with the same ceramic technology used in jet engines and space shuttles.

Their Planet Earth Shirts are designed to help you thrive in every jungle, mountain, desert and city on Earth. With anti-mosquito collars, concealed air vents that work like air-con, hidden passport pockets, gadget loops, stitching reinforced with welding, and shatterproof buttons made from the world’s toughest nuts, they’re the most technical shirts ever made.

Not just that, they have also created Relaxation Hoodies that work like isolation tanks, the world’s first high visibility sports gear that’s entirely black, the most advanced shorts ever made, and the mind-bending Blue Morpho Jacket that mimics the most visible creature on the planet, the Blue Morpho butterfly.

They claimed that build clothing that no-one else will. Every month in 2018 planned to  continue to launch clothing concepts that have never been seen or attempted before. One is The Graphene Jacket.

With a 595 euros ($695) high priced a piece, Vollebak’s Graphene Jacket is lil bit expensive. But when I visited Vollbak website yesterday, I have notofied that ..The first edition of Graphene Jacket has now sold out..

So, Graphene Jacket is a brief sample of the success story, created by small or could be also homemade non big tech company. I mean it, after blockchain, graphene is as a democration, decentralisation of tech;

Fashionate of Graphene Technology.

According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming you up over time, conducting electricity, repelling bacteria, and dissipating your body’s excess humidity. According to Vollebak, it’s the world’s first jacket made out of the notoriously difficult-to-manufacture material.

Graphene, Its diverse uses are seemingly endless: It can stop a bullet if you add enough layers. It can be used to change your hair color without any adverse effects. It’s also able to protect your house walls, and become smart fire alarm.

“It’s so strong and so stretchy that the fibers of a spider web coated in graphene could catch a falling plane,”

The process of developing Vollebak’s jacket, according to the company’s cofounders, brothers Steve and Nick Tidball, took years of intensive research, during which the company worked with the same material scientists who built Michael Phelps’ 2008 Olympic Speedo swimsuit (which was famously banned for shattering 2008 world olympic records)

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps helped develop the swimsuit that used materials tested at NASA Langley. Credit: Speedo

Graphene definitely remains extremely difficult to work with, incredibly expensive to produce, and very hard to make in large quantities, so the process has not been easy,” Steve Tidball says over email to the Fast Company that interiewed him.  “And even two years ago this jacket would have been impossible to make in its current form.”

The jacket is made out of a two-sided material, which the company invented during the extensive R&D process. The graphene side looks gunmetal gray, while the flipside appears matte black. To create it, the scientists turned raw graphite into something called graphene “nanoplatelets,” which are stacks of graphene that were then blended with polyurethane to create a membrane. That, in turn, is bonded to nylon to form the other side of the material, which Vollebak says alters the properties of the nylon itself. “Adding graphene to the nylon fundamentally changes its mechanical and chemical properties–a nylon fabric that couldn’t naturally conduct heat or energy, for instance, now can,” the company claims.

The company says that it’s reversible so you can enjoy graphene’s properties in different ways as the material interacts with either your skin or the world around you. “As physicists at the Max Planck Institute revealed, graphene challenges the fundamental laws of heat conduction, which means your jacket will not only conduct the heat from your body around itself to equalize your skin temperature and increase it, but the jacket can also theoretically store an unlimited amount of heat, which means it can work like a radiator,” Tidball explains.

He means it literally. You can leave the jacket out in the sun, or on another source of warmth, as it absorbs heat. Then, the company explains on its website, “If you then turn it inside out and wear the graphene next to your skin, it acts like a radiator, retaining its heat and spreading it around your body. The effect can be visibly demonstrated by placing your hand on the fabric, taking it away and then shooting the jacket with a thermal imaging camera. The heat of the handprint stays long after the hand has left.”

Vollebak also says the graphene layer will equalize your natural body temperature by redistributing heat from warm parts of your body to colder areas. The material disperses any extra humidity, too, and the jacket design itself contains no seams. Its pieces–which are laser-cut to avoid waste–are thermally sealed, instead. If moisture does end up inside, the graphene material will halt any buildup of bacteria since it can’t reproduce on its surface. In addition to being bacteriostatic, the company claims, the graphene layer is “hypoallergenic, anti-static, and certified as nontoxic.”

“The second stage of the R&D process, and possibly even more interesting, is the one that we’re starting now,” he says. “By releasing the graphene jackets out into the world as experimental prototypes, our aim is to open up our R&D process and accelerate discovery by finally getting graphene out of the research labs and into the field.”

The hope is that once people get their hands on the jacket, they’ll start experimenting with it–like beta testers for the product and researchers for new applications. “[W]e’re looking to harness the collective power of early adopters as a test group to do it,” Tidball says. “[We] believe that between them they’re likely to discover things that we simply don’t know. It brings massive scale to our ability to experiment with the material to see what it can do.”or example, someone could hack the conductive material to make the jacket capable of charging a phone simply by putting it in the pocket. Other new features could take advantage of the materials’ properties, too. The company hopes to learn more about its new material potential through the experimentation of its users–and then go back to the drawing table to release a new version, more akin to a hackathon than a fashion design process.

“Our view is that wearable technology will become increasingly invisible over the next 10 to 20 years,” Tidball explains. “Instead of wearing it over your eyes or on your wrist, it will be embedded as clothing and tech simply merge. We think graphene’s ability to conduct heat and power and withstand insane forces, while adding zero mass, should make it central to the story. And when clothing can start conducting heat and electricity all sorts of cool things can start happening. It means that over the next decade your clothing can start to become a platform for other innovations. And that’s really what we’re interested in.”

It’s telling that Vollebak took inspiration from the very first Apple computer–a motherboard that computer enthusiasts had to put into a case and connect to a monitor on their own. “The fact it now looks like a 19th-century artifact shows that all tech has to start somewhere,” Tidball says.

“In tech, you can either be early or late. We decided to be early.”