OUT with the Mood Ring, IN with the Chameleon Scarf

Photo: Courtesy of thisnext.com
Photo: Courtesy of thisnext.com

Flashback to the 1980’s and 90’s, and you’ll remember the mass appeal of mood rings amongst kids. I remember watching my mood ring as it turned colors, waiting to see if it could accurately depict my mood. Now in the 21st Century we have graduated from mood rings to “Chameleon Scarves.”

Photo: Courtesy of Neffa, Featured on Refinery 29
Photo: Courtesy of Neffa, Featured on Refinery 29

The Amsterdam textile company, Neffa, has created a silk-chiffon scarf that changes pattern according to temperature, UV light, and the wearer’s mood. A recent Refinery 29 article explains how this scarf works. The colors and prints turn to a bright color when the user’s body temperature is normal like it would be when a person is content.   When a person gets stressed or angry, their body temperature often rises. When this happens, the heat-responsive thermochromic ink in the scarf detects it and makes the pattern disappear.

Ever feel like it’s hard to decipher your own emotions? There are more items besides this scarf that can help! Mood-clothing technology has been seen in items such as sweaters, nail polish, and evening wear. I wonder what’s next! Mood detecting shoes perhaps? What’s your opinion on this kind of technology? Would you wear the Chameleon Scarf?

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By: Jaclyn Parker

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