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Yonsei University develops 'smart apparel' with MP3 player

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Aug '06
New range of digital technology based 'smart apparel' has been developed by researchers at Yonsei University in South Korea to increase competitiveness of domestic clothing industry in global market.

This unique clothes have inbuilt MP3 player with digital signal transmission, informed Hwang Kyu-yearn, head of the Commerce and Industry Ministry's textile department.

This user-friendly digital cloth is washable after headphones are removed.

South Korea's textile and clothing industry have been facing tough competition from China, India and other developing countries.

Country's clothing exports dropped 6.2 percent to US $6.52 billion in the first half this year.

To survive in global competitive market Government has initiated research and development work by partnering with local companies.

Apart from digital clothing, companies are planning to develop apparel that can sense and measure body temperature and help in generating and releasing heat.

It is estimated that global market for smart clothes would touch $200 million in 2008 and will reach $700 million by 2010 and $7 billion by 2014.


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