In 2017, IBM acquired a patent for clothing that possesses the ability to adapt to the human body and its surroundings to create optimum comfort. The fabric comprises of a series of sensors which are linked into an in-built computing device. This device has the capabilities to analyse data, such as the heart rate of the wearer and external weather conditions, to decipher the most optimum comfort conditions.
For example, the fabric may adjust the shape, texture, and density of threads to create comfort for the wearer in summer by allowing the garment to allow the skin to perspire and transmit moisture away from the body. Similarly in winter, the fabric may change configuration of the threats to protect the wearer from the cold.