11 Amazing Things Your Clothes Will Do

Soon your bedroom closet may hold much more than shirts, dresses, and socks.

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Soon your bedroom closet may hold much more than shirts, dresses, and socks. Clothing manufacturers are teaming up with scientific and university-based researchers to develop an amazing array of apparel that blends technology and fashion -- highly practical clothing that even fashionistas will want to wear. In the future, "the science and the design -- there can't be a disconnect," says Juan Hinestroza, professor of fiber science at Cornell University.

Athletes, soldiers and hospital patients will be among the first to wear many of the new clothes, but they'll also soon appear on fashion runways and in upscale stores. The innovations will be pricey at first, but the costs are sure to come down over time.

John Miley
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

John Miley is a Senior Associate Editor at The Kiplinger Letter. He mainly covers technology, telecom and education, but will jump on other important business topics as needed. In his role, he provides timely forecasts about emerging technologies, business trends and government regulations. He also edits stories for the weekly publication and has written and edited e-mail newsletters.

He joined Kiplinger in August 2010 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, where he wrote stories, fact-checked articles and researched investing data. After two years at the magazine, he moved to the Letter, where he has been for the last decade. He holds a BA from Bates College and a master’s degree in magazine journalism from Northwestern University, where he specialized in business reporting. An avid runner and a former decathlete, he has written about fitness and competed in triathlons.