The interactive experiments:
T-Shirt design used with Director / TTC projection
- remembers other people bumping
T-Shirt: "Silent Presence"
- points your environment gently towards you
T-Shirt: "Hunter Gatherer"
- collects a bit of everything, never gets a 100%
T-Shirt: "Center of the World"
- points your environment aggressively towards you
T-Shirt: "Body Language"
- amplifies your body signals
T-Shirt: "Purely Graphical"
- mimics all kinds of other clothes
- listens to the devices which surround you
T -Shirt: "Digital Handshake"
- exchanges data on actual touch
A Public Fashion Orchestra.
The "Public Fashion Orchestra" is a fashion house which sells intelligent
clothes and their behaviours. All clothes of this brand are networked
with each other and when in range are able to share designs and eventually
other data; the fashion designer is able to feed new designs and behaviours
into the system.
Although temporary networks (ad-hoc wireless networks) are as much
about people as about the devices they carry, networks are designed
to be "visible" to devices only, not to people. Without
consulting our devices, we can't tell whether this minute we are participating
in a network or not, and we are not
asked whether we want to either – better be networked just 24
hours a day!
Consequently, in a first step, we discussed ways of making existing
networks visible; in a second step, we decided to combine the conservative
"wearable" network (e.g. networked wireless enabled mobiles)
with an alternative, truly "wearable" and very visible network
(the proposed fashion network).
The clothes do not only receive, transmit, transform and show the
data, they also remember and thereby limit it: once the clothes are
"full", they cannot participate in the network anymore unless
you get rid of their data manually: do the laundry!
A fashion user dresses up and activates the clothes. As soon as he/she
encounters another fashion network member, communication between the
two is triggered by an RFID-Tag embedded into their garments. Once
communication is established, data is being transmitted by the devices
carried by the users (e.g. wireless enabled mobiles).