Most of the things we do as humans are geared towards making us more comfortable. It is why we invented fans and air conditioners. It's also why we first domesticated horses, built oxen-drawn carts, and invented cars, trains, ships, and eventually, aeroplanes.
These things have undoubtedly improved our lives. And they continue to do so.
However, I wonder why we haven't optimized for one of the things that causes us the most discomfort: weather changes.
Imagine it's the raining season and you're on your way home from work after an exhausting day. Imagine that, all of a sudden, the heavens open and release a healthy dose of rain on your head. That will most certainly ruin an already horrible day.
The alternative is that you're in a tropical country. And you find yourself outdoors with the sun high up in the sky and at its highest. How uncomfortable do you imagine you'll feel? Especially if it is your first time experiencing such a weather condition?
The scenarios above can throw off your day and leave you feeling miserable. And giving how far we've come as a race and the technological capacity we have today, isn't there something we can do to minimize or eliminate these inconveniences?
I have an idea for a second skin-like device. This device will, depending on the environmental condition at a particular time, adjust and help us achieve comfort.
I envision a super thin nylon-like material we can wear on our bodies. Something that fits snugly and like a second skin. This device will have numerous pores that enable our skin to breath. As a result, we can wear it at all times.
The device will have a gel-like substance that cools. So, say it's a hot summer afternoon and you're feeling infinitely hot, the pores will close up. Then, the cooling gel will circulate all over your body and work to bring your heat down and make you more comfortable. The gel can absorb your sweat and expel them, too.
Say it's cold or you're caught in the rain, the pores will close off and keep you tightly enclosed. That way, rainwater will flow right off. They won't be able to permeate the second skin, talk more of touch your skin. As a result, you will insulated from the cold you would otherwise feel if you weren't wearing it.
By the way, whether you take the skin off every night when you get home or not will depend on your as a person. However, it should be thin enough that users can go to sleep with it without experiencing any discomfort.
I believe such a device will greatly improve human comfortability and, by extension, human productivity. There are numerous studies that prove this, including this study which examines the link between comfort and office productivity.
It will also increase our health and quality of life by a huge margin. Imagine you can walk freely in the rain without getting wet or having to feel the coldness it ushers in. You would definitely be able to escape the numerous health issues - tiredness, dry skin, and dry eyes, among others - that coldness heralds, alongside the emotional problems like irritation and frustration.