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‘Acoustic Fabric’ Could Let You Answer the Phone With Your Shirt

Wearable tech is extending far beyond Apple Watches and FitBits. Reimagining pants, T-shirts and jackets as having multiple purposes, scientists have invented an “acoustic fabric” that can detect and produce sound.

Potentially, clothes made of this material could continuously monitor our heart or respiratory rate in real time by picking up vibrations on our skin, offer us the option to answer phone calls and communicate through our garb, and function as a sort of hearing aid to help those with hearing loss navigate noisy environments. And one day, you may even be able to turn up the volume with your jacket and tune out background noise with your pants.

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