T-shirts are probably the most common item of clothing you’re going to find in any wardrobe, irrespective of gender, age, or any other factors. That they’ve been around for so long without any major change has been quite impressive; they’ve got quite the long legacy to leave behind in the event they ever die out.
The Ts been printed, shredded and pinned, laser cut even, and now thanks to Cute Circuit, the Tshirt has been digitized.
tShirtOS lets you display anything and everything you want right on your t-shirt, and control it all with your iPhone and an iOS app. Wearable electronics could be a huge part of the future, both for fashion and functionality.
This system consists of a washable t-shirt with an integrated display panel and camera. It can then display Twitter updates, Facebook content, Instagram photographs and much more.
It’s a pretty cool idea, even if you may never find a use for it. The display currently only supports a resolution of 32 x 32 which matches that of the tiny built in camera. It is made up of 1,024 tiny RGC LEDs which all connect back to a small PCB which has Bluetooth, USB, an accelerometer and a pair of headphone sockets.
The processor for the project is still being decided upon with two prototypes currently in testing. One is an 8-bit processor and the other a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor. The t-shirt will be controlled via an iPhone 4S running at least iOS 5.0 or greater.
This project was developed in collaboration with Ballantine’s and, although currently a very expensive prototype, they aim to get the price point down to one that you and I may be able to afford.