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Wearable Technology

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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Camera-Equipped "EyeRing" Helps Visually Impaired Identify Objects

“Point and click” could soon take on a whole new meaning with the “EyeRing,” a novel finger-worn interface designed to help the visually impaired better navigate…

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Constrvct: An App That Lets You Turn Any Photo Into Custom Clothing

PRINT YOUR OWN Constrvct is a project of Continuum Clothing, the same interactive agency that brought us the world’s first three-dimensionally printed bikini. Mary Huang and Jenna…

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MyChi Sportswear Uses "Acupressure Buttons" to Boost Athletic Performance

Photo by Shutterstock Can’t afford an acupressurist who makes house calls? The New York College of Health Professions is developing a range of clothing that targets key pressure…

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Biometric Shoe Identifies Individuals by the Way They Walk

Photo by Shutterstock Forget fingerprinting, voice recognition, or even retinal scans. Access to high-security areas could soon hinge on the way you strut. Researchers at Carnegie…

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Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for DARPA

Is this what they have in mind? It may not quite be the Batsuit, but Harvard engineers are working on a “novel wearable system” that could prolong the physical endurance of…

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Vibrating Glove Teaches the Piano, Helps People With Spinal-Cord Injuries

Take an ordinary athletic glove, a vibration motor for each finger and a smartphone programed with piano music and you have an amazing piano teacher. The Mobile Music Touch glove was…

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Low-Cost Device Lets Physically Disabled Play "Pong" With Eye Movements

Millions of people with severe physical disabilities could soon be playing video games for the very first time, thanks to an inexpensive £40 ($62) device that allows its wearer to…

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Exotic Solar's "PowerCloth" Turns Clothing Into Energy Generators

Ready to give the sun a reason to sweat for a change? Strap on Exotic Solar’s “PowerCloth 1G,” an innovative new textile that turns everyday clothing into wearable…

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