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Fashion + Facebook = Ping

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Look like Lady Gaga, stay updated on Facebook

The basically-impossible-to-trademark Ping is a one-piece number that lets the wearer update her Facebook account through gestures. Put the hood on, pull it down, tie the straps together, undo them, button up, move around, you get the idea. Ping updates the user's Facebook status depending on what the wearer does with the piece of clothing.



A creation of designer Jennifer Darmour, Ping uses components DIY enthusiasts may be familiar with. Everything runs on the Arduino Lilypad platform, with the Lilypad Xbee taking care of wireless connectivity. Ping also notifies the wearer when her Facebook contacts update their own statuses, or send a message, by generating a light tapping sensation through the shoulder piece. To keep everything looking neat and stylish, and help keep the wiring neat, some of the internal circuitry is exposed on the outer layer of clothing, forming geometric patterns.



Looks good, but is the Ping actually useful? The whole point of the project, which has so far produced a prototype concept (read: non-working), is to keep wearers connected to their Facebook and free them from laptops and smartphones. But once you feel light taps on your shoulder, wouldn't you feel compelled to connect to the internet ASAP--with whatever device--to see what the message says?

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    insider3 , April 19, 2010 1:27 PM
    Gonna see a lot of "Changed relationship to Single" updates when someones girlfriend reads "Zipper Dropped at 3am" on their boyfriends page.
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    dxwarlock , April 19, 2010 1:22 PM
    just what we need...even more useless than normal facebook updates

    I put my hood up
    I put my hood down
    I stuck my hand in my pocket
    I zipped up my jacket

    facebook doesn't have enough self narcissistic updates now, from people that think that everything they do within a day, is worthy to let the world know?
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    Kaiser_25 , April 19, 2010 1:26 PM
    What a useless idea, twitter is bad enough, but add this kind of crap... we should really be focusing our efforts on more important stuff..like self heating...hot pockets or something.
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    dxwarlock , April 19, 2010 1:22 PM
    just what we need...even more useless than normal facebook updates

    I put my hood up
    I put my hood down
    I stuck my hand in my pocket
    I zipped up my jacket

    facebook doesn't have enough self narcissistic updates now, from people that think that everything they do within a day, is worthy to let the world know?
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    Kaiser_25 , April 19, 2010 1:26 PM
    What a useless idea, twitter is bad enough, but add this kind of crap... we should really be focusing our efforts on more important stuff..like self heating...hot pockets or something.
  • 24 Hide
    insider3 , April 19, 2010 1:27 PM
    Gonna see a lot of "Changed relationship to Single" updates when someones girlfriend reads "Zipper Dropped at 3am" on their boyfriends page.
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    dannyboy3210 , April 19, 2010 1:29 PM
    So if you're wearing these clothes and playing a sport, you're basically just generating a whole lot of spam? What is the point of knowing what someone's clothes are doing? (Unless maybe they can tell that your hiding some sort of weapon under them, in which case, why would you even wear the clothes?)
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    si7entsam , April 19, 2010 1:30 PM
    I don't think any of us toms readers will be buying this thing anytime soon! But I could see the silly celebrities snatching these up
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    asdf634 , April 19, 2010 1:30 PM
    Does it also tweets when I take it off and do the humping on bed, as well as judging my performance? (references to an old news a while back... )
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    ubertiger , April 19, 2010 1:35 PM
    Just caught my schlong in my zip...fuuuuuuuuu....
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    jon bon wonton , April 19, 2010 1:42 PM
    Domain name or IP address + ICMP = Ping
    FTFY
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    Kelavarus , April 19, 2010 1:46 PM
    As dorky as this is, you guys have to admit for what it does and how it looks, it's a pretty neat device. Useless in function, but pretty cool in form.
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    xtc28 , April 19, 2010 1:47 PM
    uhhh not a chance in hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    silentq , April 19, 2010 1:50 PM
    i can't wait Russell Peters rip on that!
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 19, 2010 1:52 PM
    Just deleted my Facebook account. No way will I support this type of bullcrap.
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2010 1:58 PM
    hmmm... Now the poke feature can be even more annoying!!!
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    N19h7M4r3 , April 19, 2010 2:28 PM
    cool concept... dunno why anyone would care to read those status update, but cool and out of the box idea nonthe less
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    igot1forya , April 19, 2010 2:39 PM
    I'm more interested in the chick wearing the stuff...
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    LORD_ORION , April 19, 2010 3:13 PM
    Wait, wouldn't this be better for Twitter?
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    HalJordan , April 19, 2010 3:14 PM
    Bad enough when my wife has to tell me the barn door is open...now everyone will know.
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    tethoma , April 19, 2010 3:19 PM
    A bunch of male's who read tom's hardware, I am sure we are unbiased :) 

    I do see fail written all over this though.
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    jisamaniac , April 19, 2010 3:30 PM
    What does this have to do with technology?
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    Niva , April 19, 2010 3:30 PM
    Chick = hot

    Now put that outfit on an old fat lady that forgot to shave this morning and see the responses you get to the idea.
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