Wearable computers integrated with the collar of a garment have been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

The patent, awarded to Xybernaut Corporation, involves a wearable computer with computer components located in a collar (such as that of a garment) that the user wears around his or her neck.

The computer component(s) can be a display, monitor, a microphone or audio headset with components that can be extended beyond the confines of the collar. When the components are not in use, they can be retracted back inside the collar and out of the way and/or protected by the collar.

"For the war fighter and first responder the ability to gain access to computing and communication capabilities in a hands free manner is essential," says Steven A Newman, president and COO of Xybernaut.

"For the field service technician, the mechanic and many others it is simply the most efficient way they can possibly do their jobs," he added.