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The Jacket That Talks to Facebook

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SINTEF jacket

The jacket developed by SINTEF researchers enables users to communicate with, among others, Facebook.

Credit: Karin Stimo

SINTEF researchers have developed a jacket that can communicate with Facebook.

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's Department of Computer and Information Science used the Arduino platform to create the physical user interface with social media. The platform that supports the jacket communicates with an Android mobile phone via Bluetooth. The researchers inserted cables and sensors between the inner and outer layers of the jacket, and then installed a battery-operated circuit in the pocket, which controls the sensors and microphone. The jacket sleeve has a display sewn into it, showing a line of rolling text. The wearer also will feel a vibration in the neck through a small vibrator inserted in the collar. A vibration means the person has received a message, which can be read by raising an arm and looking at the display.

"By using social media technology, we can enable these groups to communicate, and this jacket with a similar, customized user interface makes it easy and practical to use more advanced [information and communications technology] in demanding rescue work," says SINTEF researcher Babak Farshchian.

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