A new smart scarf to be operated via smartphone has been developed that heats up on demand and vibrates too, reported PC World.
The prototype scarf, dubbed Swarm (Sensing Whether Affect Requires Mediation) by Microsoft researchers, made its debut at a Stanford University conference this week, according to MIT Technology Review and Mobi Health News, PC World reported.
It consists of hexagon-shaped modules of industrial felt with conductive copper taffeta on top, with some of the modules able to heat up and others able to vibrate.
Microsoft researchers see Swarm as having deeper medical uses beyond keeping people's neck warm. Someday, sensors might be able to detect stress in the wearer, and provide heat or pressure as a form of therapy.
This type of treatment is occasionally used for people with autism, and researchers say they consulted with people who have autism, hearing disabilities and visual impairments as part of the project.