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This Season, Send A Valentine Via T-Shirt

Social Textiles enables phrases and messaging to flash across clothing, creating wordless communication.

Talk about a statement piece. Social Textiles, a new series of “wearable computing fabrics” from MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group, allows phrases and social messaging to flash across clothing, creating wordless communication. A melding of thermochromic dye, haptic feedback, and human capacitance detection, the clothing sends wearers a gentle “tap” when other Social Textilites are within 12 feet. This clothing also enables you to tell how compatible you are with other users by filtering wearers by interest and social experiences that have been pre-programmed. When two users touch or shake hands, they’re able to download information and learn more. Marketed as an icebreaker tool, the creators hope Social Textiles will empower people to sport their online personas on their sleeves.

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Super PAC App: Your Pocket Political Lie Detector

MIT Media Lab grads roll out a tool for separating truth from fiction during a deluge of Super PAC funded campaign ads.


With Romney now the official Republican presidential nominee, and the election season in full steam, expect to see an ambush of political ads on television. How to cut through the noise and pull back the veil? The newly released "Super PAC App" aims to put fact-checking at your fingertips with "objective, third-party information"about who paid for the ad and at what price, and whether those claims are indeed based on facts.

Created by Jennifer Hollet and Dan Siegel as a class project at MIT's Media Lab, the free Super Pac App uses audio recognition technology similar to Shazam, enabling iPhone-users to identify the ad by funding organization and amount spent. It then directs them to nonpartisan sources like FactCheck.org and PolitiFact to see details about the veracity of the ad's claims.

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