Wired Textiles for a Phone as Useful as the Shirt on Your Back

Diagram of what resembles a bulletproof vest as an undergarment with communication technology embedded

Image credit: Ohio State University

By Ritchie S. King

The director of the ElectroScience Laboratory at Ohio State University, he is trying to end the need for cellphone hardware like the Bluetooth earpiece by fabricating communication devices out of something that most states require we carry with us all the time anyway: clothing.

“You won’t have to hold your cellphone to your ear,” said Dr. Volakis, an electrical engineer. “We’ll eliminate all that. It will be part of your attire.”



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