In the not too distant future, it's highly likely that our clothes will be almost as smart as our phones.
Given we've survived just fine for millennia1 with the clothes we have now, you might be wondering what the point of connected clothing would be.
Well, imagine if when you put a jacket in the washing machine, a chip in the jacket automatically puts the machine on the right laundry setting, making life just that little bit easier.
Another function of scannable chips in clothing could be the ability to find out more information about the product, such as how it was designed, its sustainability and even a playlist made by the brand.
Whilst none of these functions are things we need, the hope is that they'll enhance our clothing and the experience that goes with wearing it.
And it isn't just a dream - internet-connected clothes are already being made but are yet to go mainstream2.
One company leading the way is clothing care label manufacturer Avery Dennison, who have teamed up with fashion label Rochambeau and Evrthing to create a bomber3 jacket with a personalised QR code.
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