Sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? But according to wearable cloud and the virtual computer can actually be a reality. Or at least according to Ragib Hasan, an assistant professor of computer and information systems at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Hasan’s National Science Foundation Career Award-supported research has developed something called: smart clothing.

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Hasan says, in the future computer are going to be invisible as it’ll be embedded into your clothing. Hasan and his team have developed a prototype for a wearable personal cloud at his Secret Lab at UAB. In fact, a wearable personal cloud is embedded in an old jacket Hasan found in his garage. It’s a fully functionally cloud with around 10 gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte of storage space.

The wearable cloud will essentially replace all smart devices iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. Apparently, the device has more computing power than most computers and allows smooth running of newer and more complex apps. Hasan claims data exchange with this is much more secure because data doesn’t have to travel over public networks. The jacket cloud’s functions are unlimited. In future, the jacket will be adjustable to weather. The wearable could even provide a navigational guide to the blind.

Users can operate home security and climate controls or start your can. Basically, it will replace any smartphone app. Hasan says the cloud jacket can operate either Android or iOS operating systems. Devices like night vision goggles and Google Glass can be connected to share information in real time.

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“For all practical purposes, a user will notice no difference — it acts like a regular phone, the only difference being that the phone’s software is running on the cloud, and this requires no expensive chips or other hardware on the handheld touchscreen itself,” Hasan said. “With seven to 10 people wearing such a cloud together, they create what we call a hypercloud, a much more powerful engine. The jacket can also act as a micro or picocell tower. All of its capabilities can be shared on a private network with other devices via WiFi or Bluetooth. If a first responder is out the field and doesn’t have complete information to act on a mission, but someone else does, it can be shared and updated through the cloud in real time.”

It took them $600 to build the prototype. The device consists of 10 credit card-sized computers called Raspberry Pi’s, three power banks and a small touchscreen display. Hasan says, at the present moment, a commercial model can be made with a smaller component for $100.

Hasan’s current project is a smart hospital gown that would continually monitor patients’ temperature, heart rate, and other vital signs.The smart gowns will reduce the number of risk for patients.

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