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Men's Technical Jacket

Betabrand is proud to offer you the opportunity to own a piece of Darpa-class technology in hoodie form. For those unfamiliar with Darpa, it stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the government agency responsible for creating the Internet, stealth fighters, and robots galore.

What makes our state-of-the-art hoodie stand out from the common hooded coat? Lots of science: Thanks to an ingenious algorithm cooked up by Darpa grantees Jonathan Bachrach and Saul Griffith from Otherlab, we've puzzled together sections of fabric to form a unique, 12-part design. The result: optimal fit using minimal material.

Saul Griffith and Jonathan Bachrach

Saul Griffith is the Founder / Principal Scientist at Otherlab, where he focuses his work on engineering solutions for energy production and energy efficiency. He has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is founder or co-founder of numerous companies, including Optiopia, Squid Labs, Potenco,, Howtoons and Makani Power. He rarely wears shoes, is typically found knee-deep in machinery with fists full of tools, and has holes in most of his pockets.

Designed by Jonathan Bachrach

Jonathan Bachrach is an adjunct assistant professor at UC Berkeley where he researches spatial, parallel and unconventional programming languages, computing and robotics. Before UC Berkeley, he cofounded Other Lab where he researched programmable matter and geometry workflows for fabrication, and before Other Lab, he was a research scientist at MIT for 8 years, held postdocs at Stanford and ICSI, and was a researcher at IRCAM in Paris, developing new musical platforms. He studied cognitive science, computer science, and visual arts, receiving a BS degree from the University of California at San Diego and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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