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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Smart Pants

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Virginia Tech E-textiles Laboratory via DBIS Website

BLACKSBURG, Va. - You get a cell phone call and your sleeve answers it. You want to know how far you jogged and your pants tell you. Smart clothes are the latest trend to come down the runway.

Can't decide what to wear? Wish your clothes were smart enough to decide for you? Now, electronics and computer science technology may help your clothing think.

Mark Jones, a computer scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, says, "We view electronic textiles as, sort of, where computing meets the fabric."

This high-tech marriage is breeding the latest in wearable computers, like pants that detect movement and let a computer know your every move.

A loom helps sew the wires and fabric together. Then sensors embedded in the fabric measure the speed, rotation and flexibility of the pants with every movement. Wireless signals are sent from the pants to a computer to display the activity.

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