Demolition Man, Total Recall, Running Man, Mad Max and other such futuristic fantasy sci-fi films made in the 1980s did a pretty good job at predicting the future. Granted, buildings aren't all chrome and cars can't fly, but the iPad and the internet are the sorts of things you'd see in Blade Runner. You just can imagine what a Philip K Dick could do with the Nike FuelBand. We don't remember T-Shirts that stream your thoughts and take intermittent photos throughout your day though. CuteCircuit are way ahead of the curve on that one.
You'd imagine a shirt that streams your thoughts might not be wearable, but you'd be wrong. The tshirtOS is "wearable, shareable, programmable and 100% cotton" we're not sure it being 100% cotton is as impressive as it being wearable, sharable and programmable, but you don't argue with a press release.
Allowing you to share your Facebook status [updated every two to three weeks], Tweets [updated every nine minutes], photos [updated at every fancy meal] and even your favourite songs, with anyone who walks your way. ARE YOU SERIOUS RIGHT NOW? A built-in camera allows the wearer to take photos and a headphone jack to listen to music directly from iTunes. SERIOUSLY?
The technical elements of how the T-Shirt works are completely lost on us, although there is a video [below], but the tshirtOS works as a mobile application "functioning as a bridge between the t-shirt and the internet" kind of like the bridge between Fenders Crispy Pancakes and Flying Saucers you might think, but once you connect fashion and internet, you start to wonder how we ever survived in the before-times.
tshirtOS is only a prototype at the moment [sad face] but as interest grows in the innevitable next step in style post irony [T-Shirt meets digital meets witty slogans, POW!] a full release is expected.
Three short films testing tshirtOS in London, Mexico City and São Paulo will be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned on tshirtos.com for more updates.