Ping is a social networking phenomenon that allows you connect to your Facebook account wirelessly through your clothes!
The Ping garment, a sporty yet feminine hoody, was created by Electricfoxy a company that:
“Investigates garments that have electronics built directly into them resulting in a new aesthetic of form and behaviour that becomes a core part of our expression, our identity, and our individuality.”
The Ping prototype was built on an Arduino Lilypad platform and uses a range of flexible sensors and conductive threads, that would survive general wear and tear and a tumble in the wash, and the wireless capabilities were built using Lylipad Xbee.
So how does it work exactly? Well the garment senses your movements, whether you lift your hood, bend, tie a bow, zip or button up, and then pings your friends automatically. For example, if you put the hood up and then down, this will generate a communication to Facebook; the Facebook application is customisable so you can alter the message and receiver for each action.
If you get a message back, you will feel a tapping sensation on the shoulder of the garment (not for the easily frightened I feel). It doesn’t stop there; you can create your own language with this thing, in the form of tapping rhythms! Super cool!
Source and images from Electricfoxy