Inside the most recent Technology Quarterly report from The Economist covers so-called smart fabrics - textiles with embedded electronics - that can turn wearers into human radio antennas, electromagnetic shields,...

Inside the most recent Technology Quarterly report from The Economist covers so-called smart fabrics – textiles with embedded electronics – that can turn wearers into human radio antennas, electromagnetic shields, heart monitors, motion sensors and power sources. There’s a sports bra that can count calories and a jacket that can pocket-charge your iPod while you control it using your jacket sleeve.

The potential end game, as written in the article, is a highly interesting one:

"Smart clothing could not only blur the lines between materials and electronics, but if items of clothing start to absorb previously discrete devices, between people and machines."

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