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Scentsory Chameleon Bodysuit: Biometric Fashion

The Scentsory Chameleon Bodysuit is a "smart second skin" with integrated printed organic opto-electronics and integrated flexible nano-genetic devices on textiles. The biometric bodysuit was developed by Arizona State University's Applied NanoBioscience Center; director Frederic Zenhausern states:

"The era of wearable electronics for fashion and health is here. The biometric bodysuit shows how electronics and fluidics can be incorporated into clothing to perform a wide range of tasks, from highly functional (like dispensing medicine, detecting pathogens or providing environmental awareness for personal safety and protection) to the aesthetic (clothes that change colors or display patterns as downloaded from a website to change the fashionable motifs and designs of a garment). This will be the standard of the future for interactive personal communication systems."


(From BBC News)

The military camouflage version has built-in pathogen detectors, a fuel cell and a flexible electroluminescent display. It could monitor the health of a soldier, relay that information to medics if needed, and even detect and react to biological agents.

The fashion version, done in clear vinyl and white plastic, can deliver a perfume scent in response to elevated heartbeat or respiration. Such clothing could also administer insulin to a diabetic.

See the heartshirt from Rudy Rucker's 1988 novel Wetware for a remarkable prediction of this sort of device.

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