Anyone in the IT indursty will be familiar with Moores Law, which says that computing power from silicone will double every two years. Less well know is a similar claim by Frederik Eskuttel who is widely acknowledged for the commercialisation of Lycra fibres into Spandex and the other materials which are ubiquitous today.
Constant improvements have meant thinner, lighter, high performance fabrics which have contributed massively to comfort and safety in water sports.
Details of some Herr Eskuttel's work here,
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