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The latest in wearable technology
The future is almost here, said Steve Johnson in the Chicago Tribune. That dawned on me recently at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where I watched as an inventor wearing a (very noisy) jet suit “whooshed across tarmac as if rewriting physics, then pulled up, still airborne, to pose for photographers.” On most days during the museum’s Wired to Wear exhibition, the jet suit will be displayed only, but it was one of many cutting-edge wearable technologies that pleasantly surprised me. I saw a touch-screen tattoo that plays music, a dress fitted with a lie detector, an EKG vest that monitors the heart, and a trucker cap that will jolt you awake whenever you’re driving and begin to nod off. Some of these devices, gathered from innovators worldwide, may be ubiquitous sooner than you’d think. One museum executive told me the show might have been premature three years ago but in five years would be too late. “We’re at the precipice of this exploding into everyday life,” he said.