Transforming clothes?

by Dan

dr.jpgApparently yes. There is a fashion designer called Hussein Chalayan who created a partnership with an engineering company to create futuristic dresses that change themselves on the fly. The morphings range from necklines that disappear to skirts that shorten and dresses that zip and unzip autonomously.

Here is a description from Rob Edkins, director of the engineering company that teamup up with the designer: “Basically, the dresses were driven electronically by controlled, geared motors. We made… little pads for the models… within these containers we had all the battery packs, controlling chips–the microcontrollers and microswitches–and little geared motors. The motors we used were tiny, about a third of the size of a pencil and nine millimeters in diameter. Each of the motors had a little pulley, and the pulley was then attached to this monofilament wire which was fed through hollow tubes… running everywhere, carrying these little cables, each doing its little job, lifting things up or releasing little linked metallic plates. There was a huge amount of stuff going on beneath the clothes.”

While the clothes will not be available for sale, the director of the project commented that it would definitely be feasible to develop transforming clothes for the day-to-day usage. Imagine somewhere on the future when you will be able to press a button and transform those long pants into a comfortable pair of shorts (quite suitable for warm days on the office…).

Via: Tech Review – Watch a video of the clothes here.

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