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Ping, a "social networking garment" makes Facebook wearable

Benny Evangelista San Francisco Chronicle
Ping, a "social networking garment" makes Facebook wearable - Ping - Fashion


Can't live without Facebook access everywhere you go? Just slip on one of these slinky hoodies and you're instantly connected, sending updates to friends with a wave of your hand.



At least that's the idea behind the Ping, a "social networking garment" designed by Seattle's Jennifer Darmour.

She runs a site called ElectricFoxy.com, which explores the marketability of wearable technology. She also is a user experience designer for Artefact, a Seattle digital product design consultancy.


Ping, a "social networking garment" makes Facebook wearable - Fashion - Ping



And no, you can't pick up a Ping off the rack at The Gap, or even at Best Buy. It's a concept garment, meant to explore the possibilities of clothing that uses flexible sensors and circuitry embedded into the fabric.


Here's Darmour's description on ElectricFoxy.com:


Ping, a "social networking garment" makes Facebook wearable - Fashion - Ping


"Ping is a 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."


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