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Innovative Fabric Enables Digital Communication Between Wearers, Nearby Devices

Imagine your car starting the moment you get in because it recognizes the jacket you’re wearing. Consider the value of a hospital gown that continuously measures and transmits a patient’s vital signs. These are just two applications made possible by a new “body area network”-enabling fabric invented by engineers at the University of California, Irvine.

“With our fabric, electronics establish signaling as soon as you hover your clothes over a wireless reader, so you can share information with a simple high-five or handshake,” said Amirhossein Hajiaghajani, UCI engineering student. “You would no longer need to manually unlock your car with a key or separate wireless device, and your body would become the badge to open facility gates.”