By now, you’ve probably seen the latest version of the Samsung Swimsuit line.
It features all the same features, but this time it’s made with water.
A new technology called ‘swimwear technology’ lets the Samsung product design team create a new version of a product that doesn’t use traditional materials, instead using innovative materials and materials processes.
But while the new version looks and feels similar to the original, the differences are striking.
Here’s how it all works.
The new Samsung Swimwear technology, which has been used in the new Samsung Swimming Gear line, allows designers to create the look of a swim suit without the use of traditional materials.
The ‘swimming’ part of the technology means that the material is ‘saturated’ with water, rather than being ‘liquid’, which creates a much more natural-looking material.
For instance, it’s much easier to create a swim-ready swimsuit, thanks to the use the water-based materials, as opposed to using ‘wet’ materials like fabric or leather.
As a result, the Samsung Swimwear materials have a much softer feel, making them much more flexible.
‘We’re now able to bring a whole new dimension to the design process, by making the material softer and more flexible, and to create more of a water-resistance,’ said David Thompson, head of design for the Samsung swimwear division.
The materials are still water-resistant, but they are water-absorbing, which means they don’t absorb sweat, which makes them great for swimming, as well as dry suits.
It also means that there is less ‘wetting’ from the clothes, as the materials absorb water from the water and then use it to create new layers of water-repellent material.
The Samsung Swimsuits also feature ‘micro-fabric’ technology, that is a technique that allows the fabric to absorb small amounts of water from a fabric, creating a ‘fabric layer’ that allows it to absorb water, and retain water, while not losing any moisture.
The material then uses that water to create additional layers of waterproofing, to keep the fabric dry and water-wicking.
In other words, the fabric absorbs water and re-absorbs it.
This is done by ‘microfibres’, which are tiny little bubbles of water that create a very natural-sounding sound, that can be heard even when the water is cold.
The technology also means the fabric is much more water- and wind-resistant.
‘Our swimwear technology is a key innovation in our new line of products, which also includes a range of technology for wearability, comfort and comfort enhancement,’ said Joanna Williams, head product manager, at Samsung Swim.
The team of designers are using a ‘silicon chip’ approach to create their new swimwear technologies.
‘For the first time, we’ve been able to design a material that is water-absorbent and windproof, so it is water resistant and wind resistant, without using traditional materials,’ said Thompson.
The tech is called ‘Silicon Microfabric’, and it is made up of the same nanostructures as the fabric used in Samsung swimsuits.
The process takes about two weeks to produce, and will be available in the second half of 2019.
‘It’s a new era of the industry, with a lot of innovation in the water industry,’ said Williams.
‘I think the industry is really starting to catch up with this technology, and is very well positioned to take advantage of it.’
The new materials will be coming to market in 2019.
A recent report by the water technology consultancy IHS, says that the world will need to spend up to $4.5 trillion in the next two years to replace the world’s supply of water and to adapt to the changing conditions of the oceans.
According to the report, the average amount of water needed per person in the world today is about 600 litres.
By 2020, the world is predicted to need more than 600,000 cubic metres of water, equivalent to a third of the world.
‘This technology has the potential to make water conservation a reality,’ said Tom McArthur, chief executive officer of the Water Industry Association, an industry body.
‘With the latest advancements in water-management technologies, the technology is here to stay and will help the industry to better meet the changing water demand in our world.’