Free Trend Report Free 2018 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book.

Keynotes.org Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

Wearable 'Friend Finder' Lights Up When You're Near a Personality Match

 - Feb 23, 2009
References: umaine.edu & talk2myshirt
We've featured a number of electronic shirts on TrendHunter.com, but this wearable Friend Finder is my new favorite. To program the Friend Finder, users enter desirable personality traits onto a portable device using a PC as the medium for that transfer. The device is then plugged into an LED-equipped Friend Finder bag or tee shirt, where it will light up as soon as someone with similar personality preferences comes within 30 feet of you.

The wearable Friend Finder was created by New Media students at the University of Maine. While it was created for matchmaking purposes, I could also see a more subtle variant of their e-shirt technology applied to trade shows and business events to facilitate networking.