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Ministry of Supply Apollo Shirt Uses NASA Tech and MIT Brains to Keep You Comfy

by Paul Strauss

There’s an old saying that goes something like “it’s better to look good than to feel good,” but if the guys at Ministry of Design have their way, you’ll be able to do both, thanks to their new high-tech shirts.


Kicked off by a team of four athletes from MIT, Ministry of Supply has engineered a dress shirt, dubbed “Apollo” that offers four key features: heat management, moisture management, odor control and dynamic motion.


By using the same phase-change materials NASA uses for some of its space suits, they’re able to pull excess body heat away from your body and “store it” in the fabric. As soon as you enter a cool environment, the heat releases, keeping your body temperature consistent. The fabric in their shirts also will wick moisture away from your body, and keep you from stinking thanks to an anti-microbial coating. The team also used strain analysis to determine how to make a shirt that fits well and moves comfortably throughout the day. Plus, the fabric is wrinkle free too.

You can get an Apollo shirt in your choice of color and size by heading over to Kickstarter and pledging at least $95(USD) – a savings of $34 off of the planned $129 retail price. In addition, Ministry of Supply is offering a more basic version of the shirt – minus the heat regulation, for $80, and layering pieces for $25 to $45.

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Comments (1):

  1. Tempurfect says:

    There’s a pretty cool new trend happening within air conditioning / thermal comfort — personalized & optimized temperature control! Not only is it more comfortable, but it can also be much more efficient.

    Many studies done by academia and industry have shown that better thermal comfort at an office, home or anywhere else, results in happier, healthier and more productive people.

    A quickly growing company in Arizona has developed some pretty novel solid state thermoelectric technology that adds personalized and optimized heating & cooling to different products such as office chairs. With each person in complete control over their own thermal comfort, not only will the office or home be healthier, happier and more productive, but fighting over the thermostat setting can be eliminated!

    It’s active, so optimized, not passive like this phase change technology. They would work great together, though.

    Company is called Tempronics (www.tempronics.com) and they are selling their office chairs commercially now while working with leading OEMs to integrate its proprietary technology into other products.

    The office chair would also be great for the home office, living room or anywhere else, especially during a heat wave.

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