MIT to create ‘smart garments’ through federally funded program

MIT won a national competition to host a federally-funded program that will work to turn clothing fibers and fabrics into wearable electronic devices.

Governor Charlie Baker and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made the announcement at the MIT business school Friday. 

"This is a $300 million national effort,” Baker said. “This institute will be the national leader in developing textiles with extraordinary properties." 

The "smart garments" will be used in a wide range of fields, from the military to industrial workers, to everyday people.

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