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.