Skyscrape makes clothing that naturally adapts to the temperature of both the wearer and the environment. Our fabrics literally change shape when temperatures change, becoming thicker and insulating more when temperatures are colder so that you can be comfortable wherever you are.
Our temperature-responsive fabric is the first of its kind
As temperature changes, the active yarns in the fabric expand and contract, causing it to bend, increasing or decreasing the thickness of the fabric and its insulative properties. The fabric itself acts as a thermometer, with the thickness and insulation increasing in the cold.
Skyscrape’s temperature-responsive apparel offers greater thermal comfort over a wider temperature range. The active fabric has been incorporated into a prototype jacket and now the company is finalizing designs for Skyscrape’s 2020 product launch.
We are scientists, engineers, researchers, designers, weavers, knitters, and inventors
Skyscrape was born out of a vision to create clothing so thermally comfortable that it would impact the energy used in heating and cooling buildings. Our earliest experimental ambitions were out-of-the-box but relatively modest: create a fabric that moved in response to changes in temperature. Reimagining materials like this – creating a textile that naturally changes shape without wires or sensors – required years of laboratory work, designing machines and developing processes so that the yarns and fabrics could adapt to the environment.
As our efforts have expanded from the laboratory to the factory we have focused on outerwear for the city for our first product, but we still work in the lab daily. Skyscrape is built on research done at Otherlab and supported by the United States Department of Energy, with additional funding from Y Combinator.