The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 September 2007

It dances when you won't

At first, I thought it might be something like this:

The principle of generating small amounts of finite improbability by simply hooking the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 sub-meson brain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian motion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) were of course well understood, and such generators were often used to break the ice at parties by making all the molecules in the hostess's under-garments simultaneously leap one foot to the left, in accordance with the theory of indeterminacy. Many respectable physicists said that they weren't going to stand for this sort of thing, partly because it was a debasement of science, but mostly because they didn't get invited to those sort of parties.

But sub-meson brains are still in short supply these days, so if you want some imputed clothing movement, you must take other steps. As an example, Calle Rosenqvist's "Beat Dress":

The dress I sew is sewn in 4 layers of cloth. Underneath it all is a very simple jersey-dress design. On that dress there are 10 detachable patches, all equipped with 10 LEDs each (a total of 100 LEDs). From each of these patches there is a wire attached to a battery, which is hidden in a pocket on the very front of the dress. Not only the battery is hidden in this pocket but also a microphone and a small equalizer connected to a small microcomputer (called Arduino). On top on all this there is a nylon cloth and also two layers of see through cloth that helps to spread the light from the LEDs to larger clusters.

Once the microphone picks up sound, things happen:

When music or any sound is detected by the microphone it is being led to the equalizer connected to the computer. If there is a base sound the computer transmits a signal to the battery to send pulses of electricity out to the LEDs in the dress. This obviously lightens the LEDs up. Then in a second or so they softly go of again. So when listening to music the LEDs are pulsing to the rhythm of the music. There is also a small lever attached to the microphone, making it possible to adapt to the loudness of sounds around you. This makes the dress work both where there are low volumes like being at home listening to music or out clubbing where the music is very loud.

And it's a good way to become the center of attention without the nuisance of lingerie migration.

(Via Shiny Shiny.)

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