Have you ever been in a situation when your smartphone is just too far away but you wanted to keep your Facebook friends updated on your goings on? So, the Ping Social Networking Garment is definitely for you.
Jennifer Darmour’s Ping is a social networking 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.
Designer Jennifer Darmour sees clothing in the future with the ability to recognize full 3D body gestures and to allow us to control objects with body movement through wearable garments.
A sensor integrated into the hoodie, allowing the natural gesture of lifting the hood and putting it back down to communicate to Facebook. It connects to your account wirelessly using an Arduino Lilypad and Xbee.
Lifting up the hood automatically sends a message and updates your status. Putting the hood down sends another message. A Facebook application allows you to customize your messages, assign them to groups of friends and even manage many different types of messages based on where you are, who you’re pinging, or what your mood is.
Rather than simply attaching technology to clothing, the project “investigates garments that have electronics built directly into them resulting in a new aesthetic of form and behavior that become a core part of our expression, our identity, and our individuality.” [Electric Foxy via PodCastingNews]