Doctoral students at MIT are working on sensor packed clothing that could discreetly record physical abuse. The idea may one day lead to a product that could be used to provide court evidence against violent perpetrators.
Graduate student Adam Whiton, who is working on the sensory clothing with collaborator Yolita Nugent, an apparel designer, said the idea for their project sprang from a discussion on how much more vulnerable she felt walking alone at night than he did.
Clothing, they realized, was a factor. Running from a pursuer in high heels “is near impossible,’’ Whiton said.
They began brainstorming on how clothing could be made not only to leave women unhindered, but to aid them.
May we suggest adding an electric shock feature to the exterior to give attackers a bit of instant reeducation?
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