Wearables: What Will The Kids Come Up With Next?

It would take a pair of college goers to come up with this one

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The smartwatch may be the hottest wearable right now, but perhaps not for long. Considering this item’s supreme status on college campuses the world over, it’s no surprise the latest smart item has been designed by two grad students. It is of course, the smart hoodie.

The smart hoodie is the brain child of two NYU grad students Rucha Patwardhan and Alina Balean who are part of the New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). As part of their program they have fitted a GSM radio into the hoodie that can respond to different gestures. Touch the hood, send a tect message to a pre-programmed contact. You can also do similar tasks by rolling up a sleeve, for example. 

The hoodie is still in early prototype stage, so wont be hitting the shops any time soon, but it has a lot of potential. The New York Times recently reported of a connected shirt that Intel showcased at Recode's Code Conference. Toy also might be wondering how exactly you would wash such a garment, consiedring all the electronics involved. I'm sure they will figure something out.

Smart Hoodie, the cellphone sweater from Alina Balean on Vimeo.