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April 19th, 2010 at 8:47 am

With ‘Ping’ Clothing, Status Updates Literally Tap You On The Shoulder

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Arduino-powered clothing is nothing new; we’ve seen CO2-detecting dresses, compass belts and inbox-checking T-shirts all within the last six months. But this Ping social networking garment concept is not quite the same thing. Where those were DIY projects with a single-function, Ping is the brainchild of a professional UI designer… and the fabric itself is a social network UI that registers your movements as attempts to communicate.

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Woven with flexible sensors and conductive threads connected to an Arduino Lilypad and Xbee, clothing made from the fabric can detect when you lift a hood or tie a ribbon and wirelessly send Facebook status updates accordingly — or tap you on the shoulder in a number of different rhythms so you know not only when, but who might be trying to get in touch. Designer Jennifer Darmour imagines a future in which clothing offers full-body 3D gesture recognition and senses our environment. When we can reliably use it to control our computers, we hope she’ll get in touch.

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