Facebook may currently be hailed as the primary source of lurv for web 2.0 children, but it seems that meeting a mate may now be possible in person. And I don't mean awkward conversation regarding your job description in a noisy bar, no, there's now a geeky way to decide whether the hot blonde at the bar is compatible with you.
Students at the University of Maine have created a wearable 'friend finder' a LED enabled T-shirt. You input your personality preferences into the shirt via a computer, programming in a range of info about yourself, with everything from your musical taste to favourite colour. You then plug the Friend Finding device into the shirt, which will emit LED designs based on the info. The idea is that every shirt emits a certain signal which recognized other shirts and will glow in certain ways when you're close to someone with matching characteristic traits.
The students envisioned this as a great ice breaker, and potential dating tool, but the possibilities for further use is huge. Syncing these shirts to social network Linked In for example could prove a useful professional networking tool, as it would allow like minded people to meet up. The downside would be if someone you really wanted to meet was incompatible, but then I'm sure it would be possible to hack these...
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