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Those dreams of having computers in your clothing might be more realistic than you think. Japanese researchers have developed a printable conductive ink that maintains a circuit even when you stretch fabric to three times its usual length -- you could have athletic gear with hidden activity track...

June 28th 2015 at 9:46pm 0 Comments
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1991 was a turbulent year -- the internet first arrived to the public, Arnold bid us "Hasta la Vista, baby" and the hypercolor fad swept the nation. Yes, those were the garments that changed hue from body heat, thanks to a combination of so-called leuco dyes and inappropriate touching. Mercifully,...

April 16th 2015 at 12:32pm 0 Comments
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Researchers who must be Saved by the Bell fans have developed clothing fibers that could turn you into a walking neon sign. Rather than OLED or LCD tech, the team exploited polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells (PLECs) that are rugged enough to be used in fabrics. They created a millimeter-...

March 24th 2015 at 6:55am 0 Comments
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You've probably had that moment in a store fitting room where you realize you're trying the wrong clothes, but would rather not get dressed again just to check out those pants in a different color. If Nordstrom succeeds with its new eBay-designed fitting room, you won't have to. The experimental t...

November 27th 2014 at 6:47am 0 Comments
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As nice as Klout's perks can be, they're infrequent and sometimes have arcane rules. Wouldn't it be better if you could simply translate your social networking status into cash? OnePiece's pop-up store in New York City is letting you do just that. Swing by 577 Broadway no later than November 17th...

November 13th 2014 at 1:31am 0 Comments
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If you think that knitting tends to be boring outside of the occasional yarnbombing, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Researchers at the Manchester School of Art have been working on hybrids of 3D printing and knitting that literally add a new dimension to clothes. Their approach adds interloc...

November 10th 2014 at 12:13pm 0 Comments
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Wearable sensors don't tend to do much; they're usually limited to health data like EKG readings or your heart rate. If BeBop Sensors has its way, though, they'll be useful for just about anything that comes in contact with your body. Its new smart fabric sensor tracks virtually every aspect of...

October 27th 2014 at 11:39am 0 Comments
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If Google Glass and lifelogging cameras aren't enough to make you feel safe, then maybe what you really need is a surveillance blazer. See, nothing can get past the camera-dotted jacket above -- not when it can capture 360 videos of your environment and instantly upload it to the internet with the...

October 17th 2014 at 10:07pm 0 Comments
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If you're worried that the silver ions in antibacterial and anti-odor clothing might also pose serious health risks, like destroying genetic material, you'll be glad to hear that there should soon be a safer alternative. The KTH Royal Institute of Technology has developed an antibacterial thread...

October 1st 2014 at 6:26pm 0 Comments
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Sweaters, jackets and long johns are all "wearables" that keep us warm, but they aren't all that smart -- if you walk into a room that's too hot or exercise too hard, you need to stop using them to cool down. It's an inconvenience we've grown used to, but we don't have to put up with it much longe...

September 13th 2014 at 5:27am 0 Comments
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To be able to make smart clothing like Ralph Lauren's shirt for athletes, you need fabric embedded with sensors and circuitry. Engineers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have designed one such type of fabric, and based on its test results, it has the potential to evolve into material supe...

September 4th 2014 at 3:34pm 0 Comments
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OK, I'm spending entirely too much time customizing my avatar outfits in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I originally re-upped my sub in order to polish off my last couple of class stories, but now I've gotten sucked into crafting and, by extension, the substantial outfit collection minigame. Which is...

July 23rd 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments