Smart garment

  • US 8,099,258 B2
  • Filed: 02/25/2010
  • Issued: 01/17/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/07/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • electronically pairing a garment sensor and a garment by way of a first bi-directional communication link, wherein the garment sensor is physically affixed to the garment;

    tracking garment usage and detecting wear patterns involving the garment using the garment sensor;

    forming a second bi-directional communication link between the garment sensor and an external database;

    sending the tracked garment usage and detected wear patterns to the external database;

    receiving expected useful lifetime information for the garment from the external database, wherein the expected useful lifetime information is based on tracked garment usage and detected wear patterns from a plurality of similar garments; and

    alerting a user when the garment reaches its expected useful lifetime, based on the received expected useful lifetime information and on the tracked garment usage.

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