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MIT design team develops social networking T-shirt
Feb '15
courtesy: fluid.media.mit.edu
courtesy: fluid.media.mit.edu
The joint design team of Tangible Media Group and Fluid Interface Group from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a new social networking garment that helps the wearer to identify people with common interests and likes.

The latest wearable technology garment, a social T-shirt, not only helps in detecting people who share similar interests in the same room but also alerts the wearer when those people are present within proximity of about 12 feet of each other through its collars.

According to a media release from the Fluid Interface Group, the shirt, developed by a team of MIT students Viirj Kan, Katsuya Fujii, Judith Amores and Chang Long Zhu Jin, features a thermochromatic ink pattern embedded with an underlying thin circuit membrane that can be paired with a smartphone via bluetooth.

While talking about the reasons behind the new invention, the team member Kan says, “If you think about it, our Facebook and Twitter profiles reach and even impact thousands of people every day, but it doesn’t feel like it. But while the way we represent ourselves in social media is intangible, what we wear isn’t. We wanted to see if we could merge the two to create social catalysts.”

“Depending on how the ink pattern is designed, social textiles can communicate anything you want. It could tell two people who have just met that they both like jazz, or that they both go to MIT,” he further spoke about the social T-shirt. (PB)

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