December 26, 2002
“Electrotextiles” woven with wires and electronic devices are being fashioned into speedometer shoes, chameleon curtains. singing shirts, and to measure footfalls, detect explosions and spot smuggling. “Soft keypads” allow wearers to control remote devices. And antennas can be woven in.
Gadgets could be next: clothes and woven-in sensors could record athletes’ heart rate, hydration and blood sugar levels.