Smarty Pants: Computing Meets Motion-Sensing Fabric

Okay smarty-pants, try this on for size: we've been hearing a lot about wearable computers, but now scientists at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute are figuring out how to manufacture pants that detect movement.

"A loom helps sew the wires and fabric together. Then sensors embedded in the fabric measure the speed, rotation and flexibility of the pants with every movement. Wireless signals are sent from the pants to a computer to display the activity."
Perhaps this idea could be used like the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, but without requiring a shoe sensor. Or, the technology could monitor someone with a chronic illness, keeping tabs on whether that person is still moving around or stone-cold dead. The researchers aren't limiting the technology to just pants, either, talking about integrating sensors into shirts, hats and gloves, too. Anyway, we'd like to see these pants in motion. – Charlie White

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