NIKE has introduced a jacket equipped with automatic air venting technology that closes and opens to keep runners warm and cool as they jog. The company’s “Aerogami” has air vents that appear as creases and folds across the smart jacket where tiny, winged vents open when sweat builds against the runner’s skin, allowing better airflow for sweat to escape. When their body cools down and sweat dries, the vents close.
Inspired by origami technique, the technology is made possible via moisture-reactive film applied to the vents that autonomously contracts and expands when it senses sweat against the body. The air vent system is placed across the chest and back of the jacket, two of the areas where runners heat up and sweat most, the company says.
Informed by testing in the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) environmental chambers and data visualization from runners’ heat and sweat maps, the vent placement varies between the women’s and men’s jackets to accommodate gender-specific needs. The jacket also features the company’s Storm-FIT ADV technology to help protect runners from wind and rain.
The technology was created by scientists and innovators from the Nike Explore Team (NXT) and the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL).
Source: Designboom.com and Nike.