Arduino Powered Smart Hoodie Lets You Text In Secret (video)


Smart Hoodie

Alina Balean a 2015 Master’s candidate at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP), has created a new smart clothing device called the Smart Hoodie.

The Arduino powered Smart Hoodie allows you to carry out a number of actions and movements that enable you to send a secret text messages to a contact of your choice. Check out the video after the jump to learn more about the innovative smart clothing project and see it in action.

“Have you ever wondered what the future of a mobile interfaces could be? What will replace the smart phone, which replaced the dumb phone and the pager and the PDA before it. A cell phone or mobile phone is a device that can make and receive telephone calls over a cellular network.

Modern phones have a variety of services such as text messaging, multimedia messages, email, internet, applications, photography and bluetooth.  Yet over the years we’ve yet to offer an alternative interface that wasn’t a handheld device. Improvements to the technology in the form of smart watches and google glass are enhancing the possibilities what if we pushed the envelope just a little more?

Rucha Patwardhan and I (Alina Balean) set to explore that question. We are both graduate students at NYU’s ITP and over this spring semester we explored the ways fabric can be used with electronics. Half way through my semester I took a course called “Towers of Power” and learned quickly how to DIY a cell phone with an Arduino and an Arduino GSM shield.

We turned a hoodie into a cell phone that sends text messages as an exploration of what the future of mobile technology could be.”

For more information on the new Smart Hoodie created by the duo jump over to the Alina Balean website for details.

Source: Verge : Alina Balean