Och århundradets bröllop: Wearables, Mode och Sakernas Internet möts: smarta kläder och sensorer för hela slanten

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Allteftersom mikroprocessorerna blir allt mindre blir det möjligt att baka in dom i allt mindre saker. Som Apple Watch, skor och kläder i största allmänhet.

Den nya trenden heter Kroppsnära teknik eller Wearables och
Robinson Meyer skriver i The Atlantic om hur smarta kläder med sensorer håller på att bli årets stora fluga: The Smart Dress. As technology and fashion converge, get ready for 3-D-printed shoes, special parkas for smoggy days, and maybe even jeans that fit.

At their most basic, wearables—short for wearable technology—comprise a microchip, a data sensor, and a connection to another device. Together, these three elements either collect information (as a pedometer does) or deliver information (as a hearing aid does). Some wearables, like the Apple Watch, do both. Until now, personal-data collection has mostly been the domain of the “quantified self” movement, whose members see life as one big data-tracking opportunity. (Some QS devotees go well beyond counting their steps—they record their moods, their social activities, even their sex lives with varying degrees of persnicketiness.)

But a number of companies are developing wearable sensors designed to appeal to a wider population. This summer, for example, the start-up Athos plans to release a line of formfitting sportswear with embedded sensors that will tell users exactly which muscles they’re exercising during a workout and how hard they’re working them. For clothing with sensors to go mass-market, however, companies will need to accommodate customers’ divergent tastes by giving them lots of options. “If there’s a smart-shoe category, you’re not going to have just one pair of smart shoes,” says Mary Huang, a technologist whose New York design studio, Continuum, has been a pioneer in 3-D printing. Shoes, after all, are differentiated by where they’re worn—you wouldn’t hike in heels—so you’ll want multiple pairs, with multiple functions. Hiking boots might have a pedometer and a GPS receiver, while dress shoes could monitor muscle stress points. Other sensors might wind up only in certain garments. A Netherlands-based firm recently made a prototype of a parka that alerts its wearer to poor air quality (it also has a mask with a built-in air filter).

Så snart kommer vi alla att gå omkring i sensor-försedda skjortor, strumpor,, jeans och kalsonger. För att inte tala om smarta slipsar. Som kommer att samla in precisa data om din hälsa och dig själv. Och om di vedervärdige svåger bryter sig in i din paradvåning på Strandvägen för att stjäla dina slipsar så kommer du att få ett par dussin SMS-meddelanden. en från varje slips, som talar om precis var dom är. Det är bara att ringa polisen så sköter dom resten.

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