Its time for a special post on Geek Fashion and on wearable smart technology which you embed within your everday clothing. Several makers have published amazing pieces of technology enabled clothing, so that i find it time to show some nice examples. The School of Design, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington for example established a specific course for wearable technology. Out of this course some stundents published really cool pieces such as Emily Steel‘s Little Slide Dress:
The Little Slide Dress is a modern take on the classic Little Black Dress. It uses modern technology and blends it with a 100-year-old medium, film. The Dress draws inspiration from classic movies and the ‘magic of film’ to create a wearable piece of technology and art. With film light is so important in the creation and viewing of images and this was one of the driving forces behind the dress’s creation. With film only see what really going on once the lights go out. For this to work there needs to be a balance of projected and ambient light something the Little Slide Dress tries to emulate.
The dress is constructed out of individual slide film images that are backed with LED’s. An Arduino Lilypad connected to a light sensor controls the brightness of the LED’s. The sensor reads the how much ambient light there is and uses this value to determine if the LED’s will be off or on. When there is lots of light the LED’s are off and it looks like a shiny black dress with small hints that something else is going on. Once the sensor determines there is the right amount of light for LED’s to be seen in their full brightness it turns them on. When the dress is on the lights slowly pulse and the images on the dress come alive. [Emily Steel]
Another interesting piece of work, by Matthew Everitt is Tank opT, which represents a wearable technology project which uses light and fashion to explore the relationship between the personal and social aspects of mp3 players.
Tank opT is a tank top/shirt made from high quality cotton flannel. Embedded within the shirt are Fibre Optics and LED’s which vary in brightness according to the music the wearer of the shirt is playing. The idea of the shirt is to create a more social aspect to listening to your personal music player. However, not to make it so social that it fully breaks the personal aspect of it. The user plugs their mp3 player in along with their headphones so that they can listen to the music. The shirt has two modes. Firstly, the more structured, strobe effect that is a visualiser for the music that runs up the buttons. Secondly, the subtler, beautiful look that uses fibre optics on the shoulders that pulse to music. These two aspects make the shirt unisex, the strobe LED’s on the front account for the more male style and the softer fibre optics on the back the more feminine style.
Another work by Jessica Christini shows a neck corsett that glows. S.O.S. is a crafted leather and boning corset designed to be worn around the neck. Installed in between the leather petals and lining are 40 LEDs that glow and are more active the darker the area the wearer is.