The Printing Dress: The dress that fashionably displays tweets

Made by Sheridan Martin Small and Asta Roseway from Microsoft Corporation – Microsoft Research, the “Printing Dress” is composed of three distinct parts, the top bodice, corset and skirt machine-stitched together. This dress was designed to be anything but subtle and to evokes the past. The most technical and complex of the pieces, the corset, contains thirty custom-made keys, which are assembled into a QWERTY keyboard layout.

The “Printing Dress” symbolizes the evolutionary phases of communication (past, present, and future) and their impact on society.

Definitly futuristic but inspired by technologies of the past, the designers Roseway and Small intentionally designed the style of the dress to reflect on the monochromatic origins of printing and type. To reflect the ubiquity of texting on the go, Roseway and Small integrated a custom keyboard designed like a vintage typewriter, that allows the wearer to send Twitter 140 characters message, which is then displayed on the dress through a projector.

The dress is built with LilyPad Arduino boards, USB hub, a laptop, a capacitive keyboard, wire, and a short-throw projector

Featuring latest wearable technology, the dress displays four LilyPad Arduino boards, an USB hub, a laptop, a capacitive keyboard, solid and stranded wire, and a short-throw projector. Hitting a key sends it to the laptop, which then displays the 140 character as animated text. “Some may be repelled by its ostentatious presentation, while others might dare to imagine a more transparent and open world,” say the designers. “It is our hope that this piece will inspire conversations that go beyond fashion or technology to topics such as awareness, accountability, privacy, and identity.”


Via : Ecouterre

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