Programmable, social media-friendly t-shirts not your thing? Try Woven on for size instead.
Woven is a graduation project captained by Utrecht School of Arts students Christiaan Ribbens and Patrick Kersten. Christiaan and Patrick describe Woven as the "first complete e-wearable [game] platform that you can wear during the whole day." It's comprised of a sweater, a pair of jeans, 144 RGB LEDs, bend sensors, a heart rate sensor, a, speaker, and haptic feedback. It also has potential to get you some very odd looks.
Woven uses a smartphone, which connects to the gaming hardware via Bluetooth, to perform its core calculations. At its heart, it features a trio of Arduino Lilypad microcontrollers, which work together to process data from the various sensors and to operate the LEDs, among other things.
Although it's built with gaming in mind, Woven can do more than that. For example, the integrated heart-rate sensor means that it can help monitor your workouts. Woven can also alert you of social network status updates, and even serve as a remote for your TV—just wave your arm to change the channel.
Best of all? Woven has a battery lifespan of six hours. It's rechargeable, too!
Sadly, unless someone with deep pockets takes some serious interest in the project, we probably won't see Woven on store shelves anytime soon. Nonetheless, this sort of wearable tech remains highly intriguing. A customizable outfit that is a personal workout coach, a connection to the Internet, and a gaming device all rolled into one?
Yeah, that suits me just fine.
This story, "Woven is a complete wearable gaming platform" was originally published by TechHive.