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loop reactive surfaces

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Rachel Wingfield makes amazingly beautiful electronic textiles. Under the name loop, she develops light emitting fabrics for the home that respond to their environment and facilitate visual communication.

Her research and resulting products aim to address big issues like seasonal affect disorder, sustainability, and the use of technology in the home. Digital Dawn (detail shown here) is a window covering that helps to maintain light levels in a room, responding to low light by increasing its own luminosity. Other pieces include a light-emitting bedspread that acts as an alarm clock, a tablecloth that displays where objects have rested for long periods of time, and wallpapers that light up according to noise levels or power consumption.

The intricacy and beauty of these textiles indicate deliberate and thoughtful attention to design. In Rachel's words, "Established notions of aesthetic and beauty do not have to be exchanged for function; therefore an organic interpretation is sought in opposition to the often clinical and futuristic shine of 'intelligent' materials."

moi

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Moi is a "wearable electronic radiant light device", which is a fancy way to say "LED on a wire". I'm tempted to buy one for $25, though I'm more tempted to just make one myself.

Moi is the brainchild of 5050 Ltd, whose work results from a "fusion of design, engineering, social psychology, philosophy, fashion, style and contemporary culture." Their interest in the social implications and applications of technology is evident in their other wearable prototypes: the courtly bag, the loveJacket (which I think I'd prefer sans cricket chirps), and the mbracelet.

rain

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A few years ago Elise Co from the MIT Media Lab was working on a luminescent raincoat. It had panels that would light up when they got wet, mirroring the pattern of the raindrops.

Interactive rain gear has since made it out of academia and onto the runway. The June 2003 issue of Wired featured a transparent raincoat from Prada that becomes opaque when it gets wet from rain or perspiration. Miuccia Prada says, "Every piece of clothing shapes your body but also the space around you, the emptiness around you. This raincoat, from our 2002 winter collection, plays off that divide. ... It changes the relationship between what's inside and outside."

I'm not crazy about the perspiration thing, but I really like the idea of clothing responding to environmental factors like rain in a whimsical way.

feeling good

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Megan Galbraith, from the Aesthetics & Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab, showed her illuminating dress in the Wear Me exhibition that was part of Eurowearable 03.

The dress, named Elroy, is shown in a short feel-good video (6.2MB) that will make you want to either buy one of these dresses or make one yourself! OK, well that's what it did for me. The captions read, "The panels rearrange patterns depending on the time. It's about a relationship between you and your wardrobe. It's not about computers strapped to your arm. It's about bringing the world of fashion into the 21st century. Because what we wear should make us feel good. And if it doesn't, it should change."

Megan has created so many amazing things and her website is a treasure trove for anyone excited about wearables and fashion. Especially worth checking out are her page on computational fashion concepts and her Masters thesis entitled Embedded Systems for Computational Garment Design. Go! Go Now!

a means of self-expression

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Dianna Miller, who is finishing up a Masters degree at Ivrea, is looking at how wearables might be used as a means of self-expression, just as clothing expresses the personality and identity of the wearer.

For her thesis, she's developing a "sound accessory" that can be integrated into clothing and controlled by motion or pressure. There's a short interview with her about the project, which is called "Wrapt: sound to suit the wearer". The project site doesn't seem to be available yet.

She's also developed a very cool cape that simulates some of the sensations of flying. I want one! Flightdream.org has demos and a lot of process & implementation details.

- thanks for the link, Haven!

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