ORONO, Maine — They say when you fall in love, you see bright lights, and maybe even stars, the moon and the sun.
They probably didn't say anything about seeing red LED lights.
It's not as romantic as seeing stars, but a prototype developed last semester by a class of nine University of Maine junior and senior new media students could be a way to find love — or at least make more personal contact — through wearable technology.
The students' concept, which they call the Friend Finder, is a device attached to a piece of clothing or accessory such as a purse or handbag. A series of LED lights in the fabric are programmed to light up when someone who also has the device comes within 30 feet, but only if the two people match in pre-programmed personal characteristics, likes and dislikes.
"It's a way to establish a personal connection while using technology," said Sean Collins of York, who was involved in the class. "It's like an icebreaker....