Smart Hoodie

Smart Hoodie

Wearable electronics don’t just have to go on your wrist or your face, it turns out: students in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) have designed what they call the “Smart Hoodie,” a hooded sweatshirt with a GSM radio sewn in that can respond to different gestures. The creators show three of those gestures in their demonstration — touching the hood, touching a sleeve, and rolling up a sleeve — each of which send a different text message to a pre-programmed contact. The demo focuses on staying connected to family members, but it’s easy to see how clothing connected to the cell network could have more utilitarian uses: take text-to-911, for example, which is in the middle of rolling out and could offer wearers the ability to covertly notify emergency services when they know they’re going to be walking through a bad area.

Read the full story at The Verge.

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