Getting motivated to work out isn鈥檛 always a breeze. Sometimes all it takes is a funky, upbeat playlist and killer headphones to get the endorphins pumpin鈥; other times you need a workout buddy聽to nag you out of聽making聽excuses to skip. But if you need another kind of聽motivator,聽this amazing sweat-activated workout gear might be just the thing for you.


BioLogic is a project from the MIT Media Lab鈥檚 Tangible Media Group that looks at ways of applying science聽in non-traditional and creative ways.聽One of its researchers, Lining Yao,聽started the initiative聽based on the concept of biological interfaces, which eventually聽led her to create a new type of clothing called Second Skin.聽


BioLogic relies on Bacillus subtilis natto,聽a bacterium that鈥檚 commonly used in Japanese cooking and that reacts to atmospheric moisture. Since the hydrophoric 鈥渘atto cells鈥 expand and contract depending on the amount of humidity in the air, Yao decided to use this as inspiration to create a line of activewear that becomes more breathable as the wearer鈥檚 body heat and humidity increase. To do this, she partnered with genius designers from New Balance and the Royal College of Art to make this vision come to life.

Yao and her team聽turned the reactive natto cells into biofilm, which was then printed in layers onto pieces of spandex 鈥 each one with a different pattern in order to help the material rise to different bodily behaviors and movements. The final product is absolutely brilliant, and its scientific success has encouraged Yao to聽continue exploring further, related research.聽Who knows that she and her crew鈥檒l come up with next!

What do you think of this project? We鈥檇 love to hear how you鈥檙e inspired by technological geniuses! Tweet about your thoughts and mention @BritandCo!

(h/t Wired + photos via聽Rob Chron/MIT)