Smart fabrics hit the catwalk

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As well as showcasing computer graphics, the Siggraph exhibition has also hosted a fashion show featuring garments augmented by technology. The aim was to show that the merging of textiles and technology can be elegant and need not resemble a robot’s cast offs. The suit produces a five volt output that, via the attached USB connector, can recharge gadgets like the iPod. The only drawback is that wearing it means no dip in the pool to cool off. Read More.