Designer Brings Smart Technology To Apparel

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With 'smart' technology being incorporated into almost everything around us it is not surprising to hear that it is now also making its way to apparel. First there was Cute Circuit's 'twitter' gown and now, dresses that move to acknowledge their admirers.

At first glance the ensembles that have been called (No)Where and (Now)Here, appear to be like normal, albeit wispy and rather shapeless dresses - However, try staring at them and they will slowly, but surely, begin moving in your direction. And if you think you can get away with admiring them in the dark, think again - Recognizing that their wispy movements will be unnoticeable, the smart dresses light up!

The genius behind these creations is Montreal-based Chinese designer Ying Gao who worked in collaboration with robotics engineer Simon Laroche, to conjure up the interactive dresses. In order to keep them as lightweight as possible they first selected the world's lightest material - shredded and ruched super organza. Then they cleverly embedded tiny eye-tracking electronic devices that monitor admirers and motors that allow the light material to turn toward them. The light up effect is produced by the photoluminescent thread, with which the dresses are sewn,

The two dresses that were unveiled by the designer at the end of June are now making their way to the Shanghai Museum Of Contemporary Art where they will be on exhibition until Spring 2014, after which they will return to their country of origin and be exhibited at the Textile Museum Of Canada in Toronto, for all to admire! This is not the first time the innovative designer has designed moveable attire. In 2011, she created two masterpieces - One that furled and unfurled in reaction to light and another that moved as though it was live and breathing.

Though interactive materials and creations like these are still just one-off pieces of art, we sure hope that some of this fun technology makes its way into mainstream apparel soon!,

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  • tashadtasha
    tashadtashaThursday, April 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm
    They look ugly ,but it's cool how they glow in the dark!
    • p11ava
      p11avaFriday, January 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm
      • sherlockcutepup
        sherlockcutepupWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm
        it looks normal in the light, but it looks fab in the dark! and I should know,because my mom is a fashion expert!follow me if you think these designs.=3
        • nikukyu
          nikukyuThursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:47 am
          Jelly fish! Awesooooome:)
          • hiitsgrace12
            hiitsgrace12Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:20 am
            • cute-polish5674
              cute-polish5674Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm
              That so cool love it:-)
              • hiitsgrace12
                hiitsgrace12Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:20 am
                i agree!!
                • greekgods123
                  greekgods123Friday, January 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm
                  it might be good for night-dark proms
              • j_t_k
                j_t_kMonday, October 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm
                I would use this because I want to be a fashion designer when I grow up.
                • nikukyu
                  nikukyuThursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:48 am
                  Cool! I want to be a character designer in Disney! I want to create movies!
                • bibliophile
                  bibliophileWednesday, August 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm
                  • weirdogirlWednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm
                    This is kind of ridiculous...who really needs this in their lives? Just saying...
                    • otter
                      otterWednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm
                      They look pretty cool in the dark, but I don't like them in the light as much.
                      • nikukyu
                        nikukyuThursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:49 am
                        They look ugly in the light...

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