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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

Facebook: now available in clothing form

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

(Credit: Jennifer Darmour)

For those who get antsy when they're away from Facebook for five minutes, wearable technology designer Jennifer Darmour has created Ping: a hoodie that lets you send wireless updates via gesture.

Says Darmour on her blog: "It's a garment that connects to your Facebook account wirelessly and from anywhere. It allows you to stay connected to your friends and groups of friends simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear. Lift up a hood, tie a bow, zip, button, and simply move, bend and swing to ping your friends naturally and automatically. No phone, no laptop, no hardware. Simply go about your day, look good and stay connected."

Moreover, when a friend responds, the garment can be programmed to alert the wearer with a tap on the shoulder.

Social networking aside (and we do have reservations about letting the world know when we are unzipping our clothes), we're not entirely sure about this "gestures" business. Will it really "look good" to be squirming about on the bus like we have ants in our pants just to update Facebook? And what happens when you try to surreptitiously pick your nose?


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cynthia posted a comment   

Neat concept!

The garment is also featured in a video here:


gromit posted a comment   

Oh great. "Jennifer Darmour is Taking A Dump". I can hardly wait.


plmko posted a comment   

I can think of several funny things, if someone could hack the garmets.

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