Wearable Technology

"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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Ditto's 3D Virtual Fitting Technology Lets You Try on Eyewear Online

Before now, buying frames online hasn’t been very popular, because trying them on in person is still the best way to find a perfect pair of glasses. New online retailer Ditto is…

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High-Tech "Hyginex" Bracelet Prompts Hospital Staff to Wash Their Hands

In hospitals, cleanliness isn’t just next to godliness, it’s also a matter of life or death. Up to a fifth of patient admissions pick up infections from their healthcare…

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Augmented-Reality Clothing Evolves With Its Wearer in Real Time

VIRTUAL REALITY A cloak-like covering, Apparel has two incarnations: a polygonal computer model and its real-world counterpart. By manipulating the virtual version using a range of…

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Next-Generation Camouflage Makeup Shields Soldiers From Bomb Blasts

Photo by Shutterstock Camouflage makeup can do more than hide soldiers from their enemies. Scientists have developed a next-generation face paint that also shields their faces from the…

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Virtual 3D "Knitting" Program Simulates Details Down to the Very Stitch

IN STITCHES Presented at the 39th International Conference and Exhibition of Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques earlier this month in Los Angeles, the program creates a 3D…

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VIDEO: World's First "Invisible" Bike Helmet Goes on Sale

It’s been seven years in the making, but the world’s first “invisible” bike helmet is now available for purchase. The brainchild of Anna Haupt and Terese…

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World's First Electronic Fingertip Paves Way for "Smart" Surgical Gloves

Surgeons may be known for their incredible precision, but even the most talented practitioners have their limits. An electronic “fingertip” that heightens one’s sense…

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UV-Monitoring Bracelet Warns You When You've Had Enough Sun

Photo by Shutterstock No need to wait for your skin to blister before you realize it’s time to retreat into the shade. Scientists from the University of Strathclyde have invented…

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Meet TshirtOS, a Programmable Tee That Displays Anything You Want

Your T-shirt has always doubled as your personal billboard, but why settle for a single, static statement every time you pull one on? Leave it to the wizards at CuteCircuit to pioneer…

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