Friday, June 4, 2010

LifeStyle Executive Clothes from the Collegiate Set

Prototype smart clothes, developed by Barbara Layne of Canada's Concordia University and Janis Jefferies from Goldsmiths College's Digital Studios, were shown at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Montreal this week. The clothes monitor the wearer's physiological state by his body temperature, breathing, and heart rate, then use that information to determine his emotional state. The clothes then respond with various media - including music, words, and images - meant to calm the wearer or offer support.

The clothes, created for a project called Wearable Absence, are made from textiles woven with wireless sensors. The data collected is passed through a database "in the cloud" (online) which is connected via smartphone. LEDs and speakers are built into the hood.

Layne has worked on similar projects before.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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