Wearable Technology

"Texting Jacket" Provides Emergency Responders With Critical Information

Clothes that “talk” to Facebook aren’t just fun and games. They could also provide first responders with critical, real-time information in times of emergency. With…

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Nicole Scherzinger Lights Up London in CuteCircuit's First "Twitter Dress"

Never let it be said that Nicole Scherzinger doesn’t know how to dress for the occasion. The X Factor judge set London’s Battersea Power Station aglow on Thursday when she…

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Replay's "Social Denim" Lets You Update Your Facebook Status on the Fly

If there’s one indication that our obsession with social media is veering dangerously into codependence, it’s Replay’s upcoming line of jeans. So intent is the Italian…

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Vega Wang's Electroluminescent Garments Are Out of This World

Vega Zaishi Wang’s “Alpha Lyrae” collection wouldn’t look out of place on the set of TRON 3. Named for one of the celestial bodies in our night sky, the eight-piece…

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U.K. Scientists Change the Color of Gold Without Chemical Treatments

Photo by Shutterstock Sure, we have rose gold, white gold, and well, gold gold, but what if you could have red, blue, green, or even purple gold without chemically altering the precious…

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Never Lose a Sock Again With Blacksocks' RFID-Chipped "Smarter Socks"

If you’re fed up of finding socks without their mates, a new high-tech system promises to track—and match—rogue items across multiple piles of laundry. For $189,…

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Quirky's Conductive Push Pins Make Any Glove Touchscreen-Compatible

Sure, you could splash out a wad of cash on touchscreen-compatible “texting gloves.” Or you could spend less than 10 bucks to convert a pair of mitts you already own. A…

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NASA's "Iron Man" Robotic Suit Could Help Paraplegics Walk

For paraplegics looking to gain mobility, NASA’s X1 robotic exoskeleton could be a real-life superhero suit. Designed to help astronauts maintain muscle health in space, the…

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Cancer-Detecting Smart Bra Could Soon Surpass Mammograms in Accuracy

We all expect our bras to work miracles, but can they also monitor our breasts for signs of cancer? A new breed of over-the-shoulder boulder-holder claims to do precisely that.…

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"Like-A-Hug" Vest Gives You a Squeeze for Every Facebook "Like" You Get

There’s something innately satisfying about getting your photos and status updates “liked” on Facebook, but it’s nothing like getting a real hug. Melissa Kit…

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"Rumplestiltskin" Bacteria Digests Toxic Liquid, Poops 24-Karat Gold

MODERN ALCHEMY Kashefi and Brown have achieved the seemingly impossible: producing one of the world’s most valuable substances out of dross. Their installation, The Great Work of…

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P³i Design Lab Innovates Smart Textiles That Heal Wounds, Signal Seizures

Researchers in the United Kingdom are developing a new breed of smart garments poised to change the way we interact with our bodies. The recently inaugurated P³i research group at…

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Intruder-Detecting Smart "Curtains" Could Replace Your Anti-Theft System

Photo by Shutterstock A swathe of woven fabric could soon give pricey anti-burglary systems a run for their money. Don’t be fooled by its nondescript appearance, however.…

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Revival Vest: A Discreet Life Jacket That Self-Inflates If a Diver Blacks Out

LIFE-SAVER The Revival, which employs smart-fabric technology from Footfalls and Heartbeats, works by monitoring changes in the circumference of the chest while the diver suppresses…

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Everpurse: A Bag That Wirelessly Charges Your Smartphone All Day

MAGIC PURSE Together with two Chicago designers, the Salcedos developed a sleek, minimalist design with both leather and cloth options. All bags will be built in the United States. (The…

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3D-Printed Bioengineered Leather Could Hit Runways in Five Years

Photo by Nata Sha/Shutterstock Lab-grown leather apparel could hit the runways in as little as five years—all without harming a hair on a single animal’s head, according to…

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Cancer Research Paves Way for Cheaper, Eco-Friendlier Nylon Production

Photo by Shutterstock A genetic mutation found in brain tumors could result in a cheaper, greener way of manufacturing nylon, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute.…

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Build Your Own Working Space Suit With Parts From eBay, Hardware Store

Photos by José Mandojana for Wired Like most kids, Cameron M. Smith dreamed of traveling among the stars. Unlike his peers, however, the now-45-year-old Portland State University…

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