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Wearable technology makes fairy dress a reality

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Oct '06
Exciting stuff is in store at a workshop in Australia next year called reSkin, where examples of 'wearable technology' will be discussed.

The most intriguing talk will revolve around the magical clothes a Canadian researcher has developed, clothes with animated flowers on its neckline, shirt sleeves that make sounds in tune with your body language, and a hemline with a mind of its own.

Designer of the magical dress is Berzowska, who teaches computation art at Concordia University in Montreal. His flowery dress, named Kukkia, has a neckline with felt and silk flowers that open and close according to a special electronics embedded in the dress.

Flower petals are made of silk and felt, and contain thin wires of Nitinol, an alloy of nickel and titanium. When the wire heats it shrinks and pulls the petals together, closing the flower. As it cools down, the wire relaxes and the petals open. The system is run on rechargeable lithium polymer batteries which are embedded in pouches in the dress.

Another dress with a mind of its own is Vilkas, which has a hemline that goes up and down on its own.


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