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Clothing technology progresses pretty slowly. Computer technicians are figuring out how to optimize computer servers and rocket scientists are working on ways to get people to Mars. At the end of the day, though, clothing is basically just a bunch of thread. How much more advanced can you possibly get?
Well, every once in a while, science does manage to make an interesting advancement in clothing. Our clothes are a lot stronger thanks to the invention of polyester and Velcro is incredibly convenient. These inventions aren't exactly world-altering, but they do make our lives just a little bit easier. The newest advancement in clothing technology doesn't involve a microchip or a new type of super thread -- it comes in a bottle.
I won't keep you in suspense. Here, watch a video of this incredible material in action.
What you're looking at it is a hydrophobic substance. The meaning is kind of built into the name -- "hydro" as in water and "phobic" as in "I hate this stuff," kind of like how germophobes hate germs. Hydrophobic material and water just don't mix. Water will roll off the material like water off a duck's back.
Hydrophobic solutions can be sprayed onto virtually any surface -- yes, even clothing.
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This won't mean much to most companies, but for some businesses hydrophobics are like a dream come true. Based on this video, construction workers will get a lot of use out of hydrophobic clothing. They'll be able to slog through mud, cement, and other liquids without worrying about getting soaked. Not only would hydrophobic clothing be more convenient, but it could also potentially reduce the risk of injury.
Let's imagine that you have two cooks working in a busy kitchen. One of them is wearing a hydrophobic apron and the other one isn't. If somebody accidentally, spilled a pot of boiling water onto both of the employees, then the one wearing the hydrophic apron probably won't be burned as much as the one wearing normal clothing. Hydrophobics could potentially reduce the risk of injury from other hazardous materials like hot grease or harsh chemicals.
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And the best thing? Hydrophobics are completely invisible. Normally, whenever a company wants waterproof clothing they have to invest in a plastic-like material that's uncomfortable and ugly. Hydrophobic solutions can be added to any article of clothing, so you could have waterproof t-shirts, polos, khakis, or even blazers. Combine the hydrophobic spray with a snazzy company uniform and you'll be all set! Your employees will look sharp and be waterproof at the same time.