From Kill Zone Blog, this: What the Well-Dressed Spy May Soon Be Wearing
A reported $22,000,000 is being used to develop textiles that are washable, breathable, flexible, and comfortable with smart technology woven right into the fabric. Soon shirts, pants, socks, and, yes, even underwear may be able to record photos, video, audio, and geolocation data. … According to IARPA, components include “weavable conductive polymer ‘wires’, energy harvesters powered by the body, ultra-low power printable computers on cloth, microphones that behave like threads, and ‘scrunchable’ batteries that can function after many deformations.”
The result is surveillance and recording capability that is undetectable, as inconspicuous as a tiny slub in the material of a shirt or pants.
I’m torn between “Cool SF universe coming up!” and “Ugh, do not want!”
In 2013, IARPA inventors went to work on wearable material that could transform into protective armor for soldiers, similar to the “Iron Man” suit that Robert Downey wore in the 2008 film. … The moment the thin, liquid-like fabric is hit with something — say, a bullet — it would immediately transform into a much harder shell.
Definitely a cool SF universe, and actually that is just pretty neat, with much less of the Ugh No response compared to the idea of smart clothing that records stuff.
I am definitely thinking of the Invictus reference to the possibility of miniaturized and disguised weaponry in clothing. I guess if (when) I write a sequel, I should do something with that.