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Spooks want ePANTS

by on05 September 2023

007 will actually have to keep them on

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence thinks that the future of wearable technology, beyond bog-standard accessories like smartwatches and fitness tracking rings, is ePANTS.

The US federal government has forked at least $22 million to develop "smart" clothing that spies on the wearer and its surroundings.

The inspiration may have come from science fiction and James Bond movies, but the primary applications are on brand for the government: surveillance and data collection.

Billed as the "largest single investment to develop Active Smart Textiles," the SMART ePANTS -- Smart Electrically Powered and Networked Textile Systems -- programme aims to develop clothing capable of recording audio, video, and geolocation data.

Garments slated for production include shirts, pants, socks, and underwear intended to be washable.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is undertaking the project, the intelligence community's secretive counterpart to the military's better-known Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

Last modified on 05 September 2023
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