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Ping: a social networking garment

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Aesthetics, Conceptual, Projects, Software | 18 Comments

Alas! I recently completed a project that I’ve been working on called Ping. It’s a garment that connects to your Facebook account wirelessly and from anywhere. It allows you to stay connected to your friends and groups of friends simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear. Lift up a hood, tie a bow, zip, button, and simply move, bend and swing to ping your friends naturally and automatically. No phone, no laptop, no hardware. Simply go about your day, look good and stay connected.

I’m investigating three important and emerging areas in wearable technology through this project:

Connection to larger systems
The garment investigates ways to connect to larger software systems that can add more functionality and longevity to the experience while offering a new platform for communication and expression.

Aesthetics
Rather than simply attaching technology to clothing, the project investigates garments that have electronics built directly into them resulting in a new aesthetic of form and behavior that become a core part of our expression, our identity, and our individuality.

Marketability
Very few wearable technology projects successfully target consumers outside of the sports, medical and military fields. We are just not there yet. The project aims to generate market desirability for a wide variety of people to use in everyday life.

Project Site: Go to the project site to see the rest of the concept. Let me know what you think! I would love to hear form you.

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18 Comments

  1. Ping: ¡vístete de Facebook! | Futuretech
    April 15, 2010

    [...] Además, si una se levanta con el día casual, “Ping” se puede combinar con las “rambler” para ir a comprar la baguette y que no se quede nadie sin saberlo también en Twitter. Posibilidades de comercialización: 10%, muy chulo, pero que te den cientos de golpecito en el hombro puede sacar de sus casillas a la más pintada. Fuente: Electrifoxy [...]

  2. Social Networking Hoodie Updates Your Facebook Account While You Look Swankadelic » Podcasting News
    April 15, 2010

    [...] Darmour’s Ping is a social networking garment – a hoodie that updates your Facebook account wirelessly and [...]

  3. PING – social networking fashion - Jennifer Darmour, Facebook, Jennifer, Twitter, Jennifer's, Weaving, Fashion, Networking, LilyPad, Darmour - talk2myShirt
    April 16, 2010

    [...] latest design is called ‘PING – a social networking garment‘ with the aim to connect, to blend our social networking activity with our clothing, to [...]

  4. [electronic fashion] the social networking garment « ally cat's meow
    April 18, 2010

    [...] ping a garment that connects to your social networking accounts wirelessly [from anywhere]. it allows you to stay connected to your friends by “performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear.” lifting your hood, tying a bow, zipping, buttoning, bending and swinging will ping your friends naturally and automatically. you don’t need a phone, a laptop, or any hardware. the future is upon us! for more info on how this actually works, click here. [...]

  5. In Hard Focus » Blog Archive » Wearable Technology Brings Us Social Networking Fabric
    April 19, 2010

    [...] Electricfoxy has introduced Ping, a social networking garment that connects to your Facebook account wirelessly. Natural movements [...]

  6. Neues Spielzeug für Networker: Social Media Jacke “Ping” « Netzgezwitscher
    April 20, 2010

    [...] und anderen Social Media Diensten zu verbinden.Dieses Kleidungsstück wurde auf den Namen “Ping” getauft und natürlich können  Status-Nachrichten nicht nur empfangen, sondern auch [...]

  7. ‘The Ping’ Social-Networking Garmet: Update Your Facebook Status with Your Hoodie | Brazilian Blowout
    April 21, 2010

    [...] The Ping, a social networking garment, “allows you to stay connected to your friends and groups of friends simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear,” according to Darmour’s website, electricfoxy.com. “Lift up a hood, tie a bow, zip, button and simply move, bend and swing to ping your friends naturally and automatically. No phone, no laptop, no hardware. Simply go about your day, look good and stay connected.” [...]

  8. Life After Anna | Everything is not as glamorous as it seems
    April 21, 2010

    [...] The Ping, a social networking garment, “allows you to stay connected to your friends and groups of friends simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear,” according to Darmour’s website, electricfoxy.com. “Lift up a hood, tie a bow, zip, button and simply move, bend and swing to ping your friends naturally and automatically. No phone, no laptop, no hardware. Simply go about your day, look good and stay connected.” [...]

  9. В немаленькой такой компании | Михаил Яковлев, эсквайр
    April 26, 2010

    [...] каком чудесном окружении оказался наш [...]

  10. The Hoodie Knows…Frighteningly Knows « Kayla's Blog
    May 4, 2010

    [...] of a new clothing product that updates your Facebook as you go about your day. This new product, Ping, is a hoodie that adjusts your status updates and “pings” your friends by everyday [...]

  11. helen
    May 18, 2010

    Hi – I’m interested in buying one! Can you email me with more information if it’s for sale?

    Thank you!

  12. helen
    May 18, 2010

    please use todd.helen@yahoo.com to email me – thanks!

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    February 16, 2011

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  14. Social Networks: Say goodbye or time to evolve? | Creative Technology 365
    February 27, 2011

    [...] Ping a social networking garment [...]

  15. Neues Spielzeug für Networker: Social Media Jacke "Ping" - Netzgezwitscher
    September 9, 2011

    [...] und anderen Social Media Diensten zu verbinden.Dieses Kleidungsstück wurde auf den Namen “Ping” getauft und natürlich können  Status-Nachrichten nicht nur empfangen, sondern auch [...]

  16. بازی
    November 19, 2011

    This definitely makes great sense to anyone.

  17. Pushing the boundaries on self-expression » Fashioning Circuits
    March 18, 2013

    [...] The company behind the newest prototype is, Electricfoxy which mission statement is, “Clothing is a core part of our expression and offers ways for us to communicate who we are and the context in which we live. Technology enables a richer connection with people and our environment and offers a new platform for communication and expression.” Darmour has created a prototype garment that literally weaves technology into a stylish piece of clothing is called, Ping. [...]

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