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MIT researchers show off smart clothing that feels like fabric

Wearables are one of the biggest trends in the tech world. From smartwatches to patches that go directly on the skin, companies and consumers alike are raving about devices that get us in touch with our bodies. In the future, many believe that wearable technology will be integrated directly into the clothing we wear every day.

Researchers from MIT’s CSAIL lab have made a major breakthrough that could help turn it into a reality. The team developed smart clothing that features “tactile electronics.”

Importantly, this makes the clothing items feel like fabric and not a clunky piece of tech. That’s a major issue with many of the so-called “smart clothes” we’ve seen to date. By integrating the tech into a breathable, soft fabric, it might be possible to start mass-producing smart clothing for consumers.