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Smart hoodie responds to body language and interacts with your phone
Clothes that respond to the way we move and trigger messages to our phones would have been sci-fi movie material a few years back, but not anymore.
The smart hoodie created by New York University grad students Alina Balean and Rucha Patwardhan continues the progressive, tech-influenced clothing revolution started by fashion designers and scientists.
The inventors of the hoodie incorporated a cellular Arduino panel and switches into the fabric, allowing you to send messages through subtle movements. As shown in the video below, you can roll up your sleeve to tell your mum you’re in class, or cover your head to text her you miss her.
Balean adds that the hoodie could be useful in situations where you want to communicate something without revealing your intentions to do so. In a case of imminent danger you could tip off your friends about your status without letting the potential attacker know that help is on the way.
While the smart hoodie is unlikely to be available in mainstream clothes shops any time soon, if you’re really keen you won’t have to wait long to own it. Since the parts used to create it are simple and easily accessible, there’s a good chance you can even create it yourself.