Magazine article USA TODAY

Merging Fashion and Technology

Magazine article USA TODAY

Merging Fashion and Technology

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Have you ever thought about having a jacket with speakers built into the hood, a microphone integrated into the collar, and a keyboard consolidated into the sleeve, with all the connections between them concealed within the jacket's fabric? Marcy Koontz, assistant professor of clothing, textiles, and design, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, indicates we should expect to hear more about electronic garments as they make their way into the media spotlight during 2001 and, eventually, into our closets.

She points out that "People's lifestyles have changed considerably over the past few years, and the result is that they are increasingly on the move, yet they still need and want instant access to information and communications. Just like the carriage clock of 300 years ago that subsequently became a pocket watch and then a wristwatch, personal electronic devices will evolve into items that can be worn as clothing, jewelry, and accessories."

Koontz notes that the technology has already been developed. "Phillips Electronics has teamed with Levi-Strauss and created the ICD+ jackets which are equipped with a `Personal Area Network,' or PAN, which provides a backbone for wearable electronics. …

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