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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Computational Textile  
  Wearable computer sensors.  

Liz Shen wore all the computer power she would need.

Liz Shen's computational needs were handled by her clothes and the kernels of Borderline Intelligence packed into her minimalist jewellery. The clothes and jewellery drew their tiny power requirements from her movements. The computational textiles exchanged data with the environment via rapid subliminal alterations to their colour patterning, too brief to be picked up by the human eye...
From Pushing Ice, by Alastair Reynolds.
Published by Gollancz in 2005
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Compare to the wearables from Vernor Vinge's 2006 novel Rainbows End.

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