A prototype garment that purifies polluted air around the wearer was unveiled at Beijing Design Week earlier this month.
The BB.Suit 0.2 is a collaboration between Dutch designers Borre Akkersdijk, Eva de Laat, Daan Spangenberg and Friso Dijkstra. It uses patented 'cold plasma' technology developed by Beijing-based tech firm Squair, which creates reactive oxygen particles that bond to toxic gases, bacteria, viruses and dust, dragging them downwards to create a "purified air bubble" around the user.
Like the previous iteration of the BB.Suit, unveiled at South by Southwest earlier this year, the BB.Suit 0.2 features an embedded computer chip and air-quality sensors to live-map levels of carbon monoxide, methane and concentrations of liquid petroleum gas.
Widespread use of this technology could enable crowdsourced data maps to emerge, creating a citywide picture of air quality to help citizens avoid unhealthy zones, and planners manage emissions.
Dutch magazine Want, which was also involved in the project, said the suit showcases "the opportunities of future clothing to contribute to the wellbeing of people living in polluted urban environments".
At this year's IFA consumer electronics event, air quality was high on the agenda. Brands showed a range of new devices to help consumers manage their domestic air quality – see our Home Electronics report for more. For the latest on smart garments, see Wearables & Fashion, part of our South by Southwest coverage earlier this year.