Wearable Technology, Light Up Dress

I stumbled upon this recent photo of Katy Perry with the light up dress she wore to the Costume Institute Gala. I haven't yet made up my mind about whether I liked it or not but I sure find it interesting. (The dress changes color via a switch placed in Katy's cleavage). I did a quick research and found out that the dress is made by CuteCircuit.

"CuteCircuit is a fashion company based in London that designs wearable technology. CuteCircuit products are innovative intelligent clothing that integrate new functionalities into fashion through the use of smart textiles and micro electronics.

Galaxy Dress
The Galaxy Dress by Cutecircuit is exhibited at the “Fast Forward: Inventing the Future” exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

The Kinetic Dress
The KineticDress is a Victorian inspired evening gown reactive to the wearer’s activities and mood. 
Here is the semi-scientific explanation of how it works:
"The KineticDress is sewn of an elastic textile embedded with sensors that follows closely the body of the wearer. The sensors are able to capture the wearer’s movements and interaction with others and display this data through the electroluminescent embroidery that covers the external skirt section of the dress. Depending on the amount and speed of the wearer’s movement the electroluminescent embroidery changes pattern, displaying the wearer’s mood to the audience and creating a magic halo around her.The algorithmic program that controls the KineticDress is designed to follow the pace of the wearer: a still pose, when sitting alone shows a black dress, when the wearer starts moving and interacting with others the dress slowly lights up with a blue-circles pattern that moving creates a magic halo around the wearer."


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