01. 06. 2005
Interactive Skirts (part II)
I started the day with a post on interactive skirts and felt I could write some more about them.
HearWear, by Younghui Kim and Milena Iossifova, is a skirt that turns the urban noise into colourful light patterns. A sound recognition module is driven by a micro-controller to perceive and qualify varying characteristics of noise patterns. The microcontroller is programmed to activate a number of LEDs and electroluminescent wire.
A couple of years before, Fionnuala Conway and Katherine Moriwaki created something similar: the three Urban Chameleon reactive skirts influence and change perceptions of one's surroundings. "Touch" changes visual properties upon contact. "Speak" reacts to urban noise, and "Breathe" visualizes pollution and urban exhaust as it travels through the garment.
Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz at CuteCircuits have developed the KineticDress that changes pattern with the wearer's moves. If you stand still, the dress is just black, when you move the garment slowly lights up with a blue-circles pattern that creates a magic halo. The Skirteleon is made from a laminated fabric that changes color "on-demand". It is blue in the morning when the wearer is working, then shows a pattern with animal characters when the wearer is with friends for an drink, and in the evening it displays a Japanese pattern.