Many have dreamed of the day when clothes no longer require washing — or require it far less often than they currently do, at least. With nanotechnology came this reality, though not in any significant way. That could be changing with the introduction of the Silic, a t-shirt that repels liquids and avoids being stained by both liquid substances and sweat.
The shirt is said to be made with hydrophobic nanotechnology, and while such has been achieved in the past, the Silic has one bragging point the others don’t — the substance that gives the clothing its liquid adversion doesn’t disappear if the shirt is washed, meaning the Silic can be tossed in with the rest of the laundry. Beyond that, the folks behind the clothing also say their hydrophobic nanotechnology is not cancerous.
As you may have guessed based on its name, the fabric is layered with silica particles — to the tune of billions — which results in water-based liquids forming a 150-degree sphere and rolling off the shirt. You can see that process in action in the video above, where various beverages are poured onto the shirt without issue. In the event something gets on the shirt that does leave its mark, the fabric can be washed up to 80 times before losing its hydrophobic state.
The project is funded through Kickstarter, and has already surpassed its funding goal of $20,000 — by a present amount of $112,254 USD. There are 1690 backers at the moment and 33 days to go. $40 is the lowest threshold amount to get one of the shirts, while those who pony up $10 will get a section of the material instead, perhaps good as a bar trick or novelty gift.