wearableforest

Wearable forest

Posted by on Dec 22, 2008 in Aesthetics, Conceptual, Software | 3 Comments

Ryoko UeokaHiroki Kobayashi and Michitaka Hirose created this beautiful piece titled Wearable Forest from University of Tokyo and I can’t get enough of it! This gorgeously delicate and illuminating dress interacts bio-acoustically with a remote forest. Lights are integrated into the fabric and their illuminations react to wildlife around the world through a wireless link connected to the internet. Real-time data and sound streams from the internet to the dress.

The beauty of this piece is that it expands beyond a single garment into one that is an ecosystem by enabling real-time environmental data from the web to interact with it. This provides a unique connection to nature and opens up the possibilities of “a completely new dimension of how clothing design can interact, react and merge with the environment,” source via Talk2MyShirt.

See a video of the dress in action here.

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3 Comments

  1. bro
    December 22, 2008

    This is awesome. The students that come out of that program are amazing. Check out this video device that allows a user to be selective as they look backward through time.

    http://www.k2.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/members/alvaro/Khronos/

  2. jennifer
    December 22, 2008

    Wow. very interesting work. What’s also interesting about the time-warping animations is the flexible screen. By pressing it, it warps the image as it moves through time. It’s a completely new approach to large displays that are normally rigid, even if touch-enabled. Adding flex and softness to it opens up opportunities for entirely new interaction metaphors.

  3. nancy
    December 22, 2008

    This is truly beautiful and I love the concept of interacting with an ecosystem.

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