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Computerized T-Shirts, Coming Soon?

That shirt was made a few years ago by Georgia Tech. It is called the smart shirt, and is for use on the battlefield to diagnose where a wound occurred. It was the start of what will be coming to the marketplace sooner than we could have imagined, computerized clothing.

Google is ramping up their game and soon you may be waving your hand over the sleeve of your shirt and the weave of your shirts might change to make you feel cooler. It is a brave new world out there. Google Advanced Technology and Products Group (ATAP) has a goal of getting futuristic projects to market in 2 to 5 years, so hold on, it’s coming.

The New York Times this week gave some details about this group and in particular Project Jacquard, which aims to add computerized capabilities to clothing. It is an apt name because the Jacquard loom which used punched cards (in 1801 mind you) to operate, a big step in what over a hundred years later would become a computer. T-shirts that have computing function, Marlon Brando meet the terminator.

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