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Wearable Tech Game Changer? A ‘Scrunchable and Washable Digital T-Shirt’ That Displays What You Want

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
tshirtOS 2.0 launched today in Paris 2

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The idea of digitally customizable clothing has been around for a while now. From spiky LED covered fabrics, to a stunning liquid filled dress with alternating colors, most have failed in one important aspect: wearability. Who really wants to pull on a shirt strewn with chunky, uncomfortable LEDs? That’s where the latest version of tshirtOS looks to be a real wardrobe changer. Unveiled today in a collaboration between SWITCH and Ballantine’s Whisky, the makers claim that the shirt is not only programmable and washable, but also flexible enough to be scrunchable – which appears to make this customizable garment ready for the clubs and the streets.

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The new tshirtOS 2.0 follows the path of its predecessor and features a dot-matrix style display employing in-built LEDs. Alison Lewis, Founder of SWITCH and co-creator of tshirtOS 2.0, says:

“tshirtOS 2.0 is a whole new way for people to create, share and express themselves through fashion. It’s soft, feels great on and is completely undetectable as technology.”

More details on tshirtOS 2.0 will be released in the coming months via tshirtOS.com and on Twitter. Until then, feast your eyes on the future:

Below is the prototype, with all kinds of flashy colors and programming via your smart phone (no word yet on whether the new version includes color):

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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