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Date posted: 06/06/2010
Smart clothes could soon be helping their wearers cope with the stresses of modern life.
The prototype garments monitor physiological states including temperature and heart rate.
The clothes are connected to a database that analyses the data to work out a person's emotional state.
Media, including songs, words and images, are then piped to the display and speakers in the clothes to calm a wearer or offer support.
Created as part of an artistic project called Wearable Absence the clothes are made from textiles woven with different sorts of wireless sensors. These can track a wide variety of tell-tale biological markers including temperature, heart rate, breathing and galvanic skin response.
Data is gathered passively and used to trigger a response from a web-based database previously created by the wearer. The clothes connect to the web via a smartphone.
When the wearer is detected as being in a particular emotional state, the database will send media to the clothes to help try to change a person's mood.
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