science fiction fetish bondage body suitUpdated on Jul 27, 2011 @ 03:23:
After three years since I posted this article, the subject suddenly sprang to life again. See this discussion in the forum: “Self-Bondage shop“. Have your own ideas or secret wishes? Dump them in the forum or here in the comments.

Published on: May 31, 2009 @ 01:18:
Technology and progress never stop. What was science fiction or fairy tales (many) years ago has become an integral part of our normal life. Even 15 years ago I could not even dream of a home computer with 4TB of storage space (95% full) and 12GB of real memory. (BTW, I need to vacuum clean it…).

What do we have in (self-)bondage and fetish fiction? Self-locking leotards and suits with built-in magnetic locks and moving gags and plugs, suits made out of special material which is able to bring the person to an almost immediate orgasm if that person makes any movement, zentai suits with no openings and zippers, just one tight super slippery inescapable membrane you can breath through, indestructible shiny transparent pantyhose correcting the form and shape of your legs, body-modification suits which make constant adjustment to the encased person, hermetic remote controllable suits with built-in tubes, pumps, pomps, plugs, gags, feeding tubes, locks etc…

How far is all of that from the real life?

Let’s have a look at the swimsuit technology and its future

About the creation of the Speedo LZR swimsuits:

Speedo LZR swimsuit bodisuit

To begin the research, the team attempted to identify the fabric with the least possible drag. They started by taking body scans of more than 400 elite swimmers to provide geometries for testing more than 100 different fabrics and suit designs. Work focused on developing two different fabrics: LZR Pulse®, an ultra-lightweight, powerful, lowdrag, water repellent, fast-drying fabric to be used as the base woven material for the suit; and LZR panels made of a low-drag, ultra-powerful polyurethane membrane to be bonded onto the base woven material to reduce drag at specific high-drag locations.

Speedo, the first manufacturer to use the compression core, which strengthens the midriff of the swimmers with less fatigue…

… the expensive suits … all feature new fabric incorporating plastics and compression technology.

About new nanotech clothing fabric (from NewScientist):

water repelling material

…the new self-cleaning fabric, made from polyester fibres coated with millions of tiny silicone filaments, is the most water-repellent clothing-appropriate material ever created. Drops of water stay as spherical balls on top of the fabric (see image, right) and a sheet of the material need only be tilted by 2 degrees from horizontal for them to roll off like marbles. A jet of water bounces off the fabric without leaving a trace.

This fine layer of air ensures that water never comes into contact with the polyester fabric. It can be submerged in water for two months and still remain dry to the touch.

Water repelling materialThe silicone nanofilaments also trap a layer of air between them, to create a permanent air layer. Similar layers – known as plastrons – are used by some insects and spiders to breathe underwater.

This is how swimsuits might evolve in the next 20 years according to The Future Laboratory (the entire report is here) :

The ‘transhumans’ are coming. We can’t expect gadget mania to stop at the handheld device so in the future, our bodies too will be temples to nano and bio technology, promising a future where swimming for several hours deep underwater without oxygen is as common as taking a long country walk.

Smart fabrics, especially electro fabrics, will be used so that electronic voltages will be passed across the material, compressing it in some places and not in others so the coach will be able to show the correct stroke action. This will then be recorded into the computer and then transmitted to the electro body suit. When the swimmer wearing the suit follows the same action as the coach, it will feel smooth; if the swimmer tries to deviate from the coach’s form, they will have to push against the material and it will be hard to do.

…digital goggles with feedback body suits is not so far away…

Developments in the field of nanotechnology will allow the human body to use artificial red blood cells that can store 200 times more oxygen and carbon dioxide than today’s natural red blood cells.

So, the technology is on the right track. But the fetish entertainment industry is years behind. Little interest? Too expensive? Too much ado when you can earn big bucks by photo-shooting-video-taping nude girls? No right people at the right place?

Will self-bondage remain a strictly DIY sport?

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