Drawing inspiration from nature, the brand known for its innovative approach to clothing – Vollebak – recently crafted a new futuristic jacket inspired by the adaptive camouflage of the black squid. To design the jacket, the team at Vollebak used lasers and embedded more than 2 billion microscopic glass spheres into resin on the jacket’s surface.
The jacket by the brand Vollebak is inspired by the biological survival mechanism of a squid
The color-shifting jacket mimics the squid’s skin – an incredibly adapted creature that’s able to both make itself highly visible by creating optical illusions in just fractions of a second, and camouflage itself to match with its surroundings. Vollebak replicated this biological survival mechanism to design the jacket that looks dull metallic black in subdued light conditions, but reflects all visible colors when exposed to bright light. The Black Squid jacket is also fully waterproof and windproof. “The Black Squid Jacket focuses on replicating the elements of squid skin that make it hyper-visible. While the squid uses microscopic plate-like structures on the surface of its skin to change color, our jacket uses disruptively-structured microscopic glass spheres,” explained one of the Vollebak founders, Steve Tidball.
More than 2 billion microscopic glass spheres were embedded into resin on the garment’s surface
Thus, when exposed to bright light, it ‘lights up’ in all the colors from the visible spectrum
The tiny glass spheres were embedded using lasers
“With over two billion of them embedded in resin on the jacket’s surface and over 40,000 in every single square centimeter, they’re invisible to the naked eye. When light hits the jacket, it travels through the curved surface of these black glass spheres and strikes the back of them before being reflected back at the original light source and scattered away from it simultaneously so that the fabric looks like it’s emitting light,” Steve Tidball added. As the jacket is designed mostly for those that are doing outside sports (skiing, snowboarding), its front zipper and pockets are also waterproof. It also has a super high collar, crafted to “ride comfortably up and over your face to meet your goggles.” Naturally, the elasticated hood works perfectly with any ski and snowboard helmets.
It mimics the squid’s camouflage mechanism
As expected, the price of the jacket is quite steep as it’s selling for $995. However, it only seems fair to pay that for a product that’s innovative as it is. This is not the brand’s first futuristic piece of clothing, though, as they have already released a Carbon Fiber T-shirt, made from fiber usually found in jet engines, the Graphene Jacket, made using the thinnest form of graphite and various other design innovations. “We make clothing for the smartest, most hardcore guys on the planet,” the brand declares. Guess we’ll have to agree on this one.