Alexei Shulgin &
The Super-i® Real Virtuality™ System uses algorithms similar
to those used in professional image processing systems (such as Adobe
Photoshop™) allowing you to view reality through effects such as:
Invert color, Matrix, Psychedelic colors, Emboss, Inverted emboss, and
Line-through. The heart of Super-i® is a microchip developed by the
company that allows real-time video signal processing and effects. Other
system components include a video camera with a "human" angle
of view and a pair of high quality micro-displays. The system is assembled
inside a pair of lightweight goggles and powered by standard AA batteries.
The user can explore altered reality, easily and unencumbered. The Super-i®
can also be connected to any video source (DVD-player, computer, game
console, etc.) for more typical entertainment, viewed as if there's a
giant screen in front of a viewer.
Fossil, Inc., a leading innovator of watch design and development, has
launched the world's first Palm Powered© watch. The Wrist PDA™
with Palm OS™ provides a portable and stylish way to organize personal
information. Customizable watch faces allow consumers to change their
watch to suit individual style, while 8 MB of memory supplies storage
for addresses, appointments, memos, third-party Palm OS™ applications
and more. Additional features include a high density 160 x 160 pixel grayscale
LCD with touch screen and backlight, a stylus cleverly integrated into
the watch buckle, one-handed navigation, the ability to beam data to another
Palm Powered© device via the Infrared Port, USB HotSync™ support,
and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that lasts approximately 3-4 days.
The FOSSIL branded product, with stainless steel case and black leather
strap, is priced at $249.00 USD. One FOSSIL Wrist PDA™ will be raffled
off during the SIGGRAPH week in the Guerilla Studio.
The eMagin Z800 3D Visor is a mobile gaming and entertainment accessory
that delivers an immersive 3D computing experience. Users surround themselves
with visual data: gamers can play "inside the action" and PC
users can work in a borderless environment. Two high-contrast eMagin SVGA
3D OLED microdisplays deliver fluid full-motion video in more than 16.7
million colors. A highly responsive head-tracker drives the experience
and provides a full 360-degree view. eMagin's specially developed optics
deliver an image equivalent to a 105-inch movie screen viewed at 12 feet.
The new helmet-mounted Liteye 500 can be used as a standard head mounted
display or for augmented reality applications, with user-selectable see-through
capability. Match a map to the road, a landmark's photo to the landmark
itself, or overlay a drawing on the actual hardware. It's a high-performance,
rugged package based on patented optics and an eMagin SVGA+ OLED microdisplay.
Ultra-small mobile PCs can run full-featured operating systems and office
applications using the eMagin eGlass. OLED microdisplays provide a full-color,
high-contrast SVGA display for mobile computing, and accommodate a greater
range of pupil movement to make extended data viewing easier. These near-eye
display systems allow complete data privacy in the most public environments.
The eGlass monitor even draws power through the USB port, saving on batteries.
Total Fire Group
Total Fire Group's “Fire Warrior Micro Thermal Camera” lets
firefighters see through smoke and darkness to locate hot spots, perform
search and rescue, and find their way to safety. Compact, power-efficient,
and lightweight, it employs a state-of-art bolometer to collect critical
information and displays it through a hands-free module. The camera runs
up to four hours on AA batteries, and its organic light-emitting diode
(OLED) display starts delivering data on startup, even at temperatures
as low as -40°C. It can take the heat, too, continuing to function
and deliver vital information at temperatures up to 85°C (185°F!)
MIT Media Lab
Handbags that warn you if you're about to leave the house without your
wallet or if you'll need an umbrella for the day, and scarves that yell
at their fellow handbag if they're about to be left behind on the subway,
are all made possible by building with these fabric-based Lego-like blocks.
Each of many modular, specialized, functional units of the Accessorizing
with Networks project can be added in or taken away from the accessories
as needed. For example, when running quick errands in the morning you
might not include either of the modules that make your purse light up
when it's opened in the dark or when your cell phone rings, but you can
add those back when you might need them at night.
Tina Gonsalves and Tom Donaldson
“Medulla Intimata” is video-responsive jewelry created by
internationally recognized video artist Gonsalvez and British engineer,
inventor, and artist Donaldson. The project introduces a new form of non-verbal
communication: a real-time generated video stream reflecting and commenting
upon your conversations. The source video is drawn from a database of
self-portrait video clips stylized to reflect various moods, and video
sequences are selected by software that monitors the tone and intonation
of the wearer’s voice. Then the video is broadcast to the jewelry
using Wi-Fi technology. Real time effects, pacing and transitions are
used to amplify or subvert the social moment, exploring how video can
be made more intimate by embedding it in objects that have rich symbolic
and cultural associations. "Medulla Intimata" has been supported
by The Australia Arts Council, Arts Queensland, IAMAS, Artsway and co-produced
with the Banff New Media Institute.
Sara Diamond, Di Mainstone, &
The Am-I-Able Design Team
Company Keeper has an antidote for every social inadequacy one may encounter
in daily life. Once installed, its occupant enjoys the perpetual company
of a wise, humorous and absurd friend, always ready with a custom cranial
concerto, capable of neutralizing the occupant's nervous disposition.
The wearer's mood is assessed by his/her body language (calculated with
embedded touch sensors and an accelerometer in a hanging beaded tassel)
and the level of sound in the environment (measured with a microphone).
When moods such as wrath, awkwardness, and claustrophobia are detected,
an antidotal soundscape is played through headphones in the hood. Emotional
Ties takes its inspiration from the subtleties of the unsaid word. Male
and female body language (preening) is monitored through strategically
placed touch sensors inserted into the garments. Once certain body postures
are detected, an audiovisual display is triggered on the other's garment.
For example, if the male adjusts his tie or a female smoothes the fabric
around her waist, an LED animation and melody play on the other's garment.
Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz
The Skirteleon and the KineticDress belong to the Transfor-Me collection
and address the desire of many people to transform themselves over the
course the day. The Skirteleon skirt changes color and pattern according
to the wearer's activities and mood: CuteCircuit engineered a new laminated
fabric that changes color 'on-demand'. The Skirteleon might be blue in
the morning when the wearer is at work, show a pattern with funny animal
characters when the wearer is with friends, and then transform once more
in the evening, showing a geometric, elegant Japanese pattern. The Victorian
inspired KineticDress changes pattern when the wearer interacts with others
or walks. The algorithm is designed to follow the pace of the wearer:
a still pose when sitting alone shows a black dress, then when the wearer
starts moving and interacting with others the dress slowly lights up with
an animated pattern of blue-circles that creates a halo around the wearer.
F+R Hugs is a shirt with embedded sensors that measure the strength of
touch, skin warmth and heartbeat of one wearer, and sends the physical
sensation of a hug across mobile telecommunication networks to actuators
in the shirt of another wearer. Hugs could also be exchanged between people
running the Hug Software in their mobile phones and the person wearing
the Hug Shirt.
The concept behind Wearable Synthesis is that modular clothing pieces
can use input and output sensors, actuators and processors to communicate
various signals, while preserving fashion's aesthetics. In one prototype,
lights within an elegant skirt's pleats change color according to the
user's body temperature, and also pulsate according to the pace at which
the wearer walks. Lights on the back of a matching jacket also color shift
in reaction to body temperature, and lights within the jacket project
out when it is unzippered Several garments can be layered and will communicate
amongst themselves, enabling a color-coordinated fashion statement. Wearable
Synthesis also allows for ambient communication: one prototype garment
lights up when its infrared sensors detects someone nearby wearing another
prototype from the set.
Wearable Computing Fashion Group
WIN's 'AwareWear' concepts envision computers that are an integral part
of our every day outfit, always operational and equipped to assist us
in dealing with a wide range of situations:
Dog@watch Kids-wear helps kids express their needs and feelings to their
parents, allowing them to discover the world safely. Using Dog@watch,
a kid can interactively express and share feelings such as 'sad', 'happy',
'sleepy', 'hungry', 'sorry', 'have a question', and 'want to talk'. Combined
with GPS data and sensor alarm functions embedded in the belt of the watch,
Dog@watch can be used to monitor and ensure the security of a child.
Report-the-world Report-wear is primarily intended for professional reporters.
Its trench coat styling and ample features support the modern nomadic
life style. Ten cameras are attached to the coat to capture the surrounding
environment: the wearer can choose any image to view in the head mounted
display simply by selecting it with a dial attached to the coat. A ring-shaped
speaker worn on the finger receives location-based audio data to assist
The e-Coaching Sports-wear prototype is designed for real-time health/exercise
monitoring and personal coaching. Based on multiple readings obtained
by individual sensors embedded in the outfit and sports watch (heart rate,
temperature, UV, and acceleration), the system generates appropriate coaching
messages such as “Let's warm up for 10 minutes' or 'Watch your motion,
keep it steady'.
Atau Tanaka @ Sony
CSL Paris and
Christine Satchell @ SmartInternet Technology CRC
Swarm is a community shared and avatar-driven mobile music device, featuring
Mobile Social Music Software. The system is an on-body family of devices
making a personal-area-network for gesture recognition and ad-hoc shared
music listening. The “sensor subsystem” detects wearers' gestures
while they listen to music. “The Malleable Music Terminal”
is a paperback-book sized device with 1GHz processor and touchscreen that
displays any friends from the user's buddy list within ad-hoc wireless
range. These are the SWARM avatars: friends log into the system to listen
and sculpt a common stream of music together. The system uses miniaturized
force sensing resistors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes to pick up grip
pressure and device movement as the user swings the device and taps along
to the music.
'Scent Whisper' is a jewelry set that dispenses fragrances in response
to a humidity sensor. The two brooches are inspired by spiders and the
defense mechanism in bombardier beetles. This project uses wireless technology
to link a remote sensor (a spider) with a fragrance-dispensing unit (a
beetle). The wearer of the spider whispers a message into it, to be 'scent
by a wireless web' to the beetle, worn by an admirer: the spider's humidity
sensor records the temperature of the breath and releases scent from the
beetle accordingly. The 'Smart Second Skin' dress mimics the human body,
in particular the circulation and nervous systems, senses and scent glands.
The dress responds to human emotions with fragrances that are diffused
depending on the moods of the wearer. The dress can send aromatic 'messages,'
and also promotes the wearer's wellbeing through olfaction stimulation:
to reduce stress, transform negative moods, aid sleep, boost confidence,
and expand the imagination.
Elise Co @ mintymonkey
Nikita Pashenkov @ Ratstar Labs
UFOS are sneakers modified to include an illuminated rear 'bumper.' Embedded
circuitry senses each foot's motion in 3-D space, and generates a pulsing
gradient of glowing color that shifts with each movement. Each wearer
will have a unique pattern of colors based on their individual stride.
Lumiloop is a modular system of program and display panels that can be
chained together to form a reactive bracelet. Each display module features
a small LED matrix, dynamically driven by an interchangeable program module.
The program modules hold different display programs and include varying
sensors for the bracelet to respond to: in one, an accelerometer interprets
wrist gestures and generates illuminated patterns in response.
Simona Brusa Pasque'
The prototype Plexiglass shoes in the Reverie Engines collection include
Electric Cinderella (designed for a woman who wants to intimidate intimadators)
and The Beauty & the Beast (designed for an emotive woman who no longer
wants to be a victim). With a single use stun gun embedded in the toe
of one, and an audible alarm system activated by stamping the feet embedded
in the other, these 'enchanted wearables' call up the woman's desire for
empowerment and control over situations in her life.
Luisa Paraguai Donati
The project 'vestis: affective bodies' attempts to create a greater understanding
of personal spaces. This first prototype has a structure of four tubular
hoops circling the wearer's body, that expand and shrink independently.
These telescoping movements create different body contours throughout
the interaction between participants and the wearer, shrinking the hoops
when the wearer comes closer to others, and expanding them when she moves
away. A microcontroller defines these movements based on input from embedded
proximity sensors. The project visually demonstrates an individual's physical
comfort zone, and plays in a poetic way with the visual and tactile experience
of embodied spaces, evoking participant engagement in a negotiation of
OAKLEY THUMP™ is the world's first digital music eyewear: high-performance
optics forged with an integrated, state-of-the-art digital audio engine
to listen to music virtually anywhere. OAKLEY THUMP comes in six color
combinations and two types: 256 MB and 512 MB versions. A High-Speed USB
connection transfers music quickly and easily. The eyewear stores about
8 hours of music, delivered without cables or wires, and weighs only 1.8
ounces (52 grams) - lighter than an empty CD case. Durable, solid-state
memory provides skip-free music, and with no hard disk to drain power
the internal rechargeable battery lasts up to six hours.
Thecla Schiphorst and <whisper[s]
<exhale: breath between bodies> is a new collection of body area
networked garments. Building on last year's collection of responsive skirts
with muscle sensors embedded in garter belts, this year they feature sensuous
networked skirts and sleeves linked with elastic breast-bands that listen
to the wearer's breath. Made of natural silk & organza fibers in earthy
and vibrant tones, <exhale> creates a shared public space of breath,
revealing sensation, sound and light, exploring the notion of intimacy
accessed through physiological data. <exhale> is also being featured
in the Siggraph 2005 Emerging Technologies exhibition, as an installation
that utilizes the collective breath of participants to actuate small fans
and vibrators embedded with the linings of evocative skirts. If viewers
negotiate a shared group breath, the skirts glow with light that palpates
in rhythm with it.
Isabel C. Valverde @ UC
Victor B. Zordan @ UC Riverside
IN TOUCH - Interactive Performance Costuming is a novel pair of garments
which are augmented with sensors and wireless transmitters that communicate
with a remote computer to affect audio, visual, and/or light channels.
Performance artists can interactively alter the look and sound of their
performance through mutual contact: by making and breaking contact, they
can remotely change visual and audio output in real time. IN TOUCH experiments
with developing modes of physical-digital immersion and mediatized synesthesia
via touch-based interfaces, inducing unstable states of awareness where
physicality and virtuality can simultaneously co-exist.
Jacki and Nancy Morie & Kip
Skydeaminds, in conjunction with SmartLab, London, will showcase Skydeaminds
Techno-kids Wear, a line of children's clothes using technology to enhance
safety and comfort. Inspired by Victorian pinafores and petticoats, these
clothes reduce excess to essence, and include a high tech core. Location
tracking and bio monitoring are designed as part of the garments: Body
Media's Sensewear Pro Armband accompanies RFID technology to help keep
kids of the future connected to vital bases of safety in a modern world
fraught with potential dangers and extremes.
Dr. Lizbeth Goodman
The SMARTlab Centre, Central St. Martins College of Art & Design
SafetyNET/SMARTlab with BBC/UCD presents SMARTgloves & SafetyCorset
(undercoverwire) by Bodkin Designs, with accessories by international
fashion designers Fay Torez Yap and Daria Dorosh. SafetyWEAR is designed
for two purposes: to promote the project's work with a smart, fashionable
line that women of all ages, sizes and backgrounds can comfortably wear;
and to provide 'undercoverwire' wearable technology tools and triggers
to connect to the SafetyNET online, without wearers being noticeable or
audible while making their request for help. SafetyNET is a global cyber
cafe project that uses the power of new technologies to help stop violence
against women and children, quietly linking them to information about
domestic violence through online access. In the "safe spaces"
of moderated chat rooms, participants communicate with domestic violence
specialists, volunteer attorneys, survivors of abuse, and mentors. The
project is operating in North America, North Africa and throughout Europe.
First phase installations are underway in Asia and Latin America. (presentation
supported by Microsoft).
Nyx Illuminated Clothing
Los Angeles based Nyx offers a new line of jackets with illuminated text
or patterns that scroll across chest, arms, and back. Text is entered
using a Palm Pilot device and beamed to the jacket display screens. A
cell phone enabled Palm Pilot allows text messages, emails, and internet
information to be downloaded right to the jacket. The screens are thin,
flexible, and waterproof, so the jackets are lightweight and washable.
They are powered by four rechargeable AA batteries stored in one pocket,
which last up to eight hours. An embedded microphone provides a sound
responsive function: environmental sounds can trigger various patterns
that dance to the beat of the music. Jackets are expected to retail for
a couple of hundred dollars sometime early next year. Other applications
for the new technology are anticipated in the safety lighting, personal
advertising, and entertainment industries.
Sages is an elegant leather necklace enriched with a point of light as
a jewel. It has three component layers: against the skin is enzymatic
leather, in the middle is an electronic circuit, with an outer layer of
translucent raw leather. The simple circuit includes a low-voltage yellow
LED and a flat rechargeable battery. The metallic fastening also plays
the role of switch: the LED turns on when Sages is worn, and turns off
otherwise. The light enriches Sages with the values that it symbolizes:
from intellectual enlightenment to emotional purity. Sages could be a
recognition element for those who belong to the cyber-communities, fusing
the ancient strength of the ornament with the omnipresent electronics
of contemporary life.
Femtechs are America's greatest weapon in the War Against Ravers, utilizing
genetically altered firefly and chameleon DNA coupled with Mutel Obtanium
processors for real-time glowing paisley pattern generation. Femtechs
have a stunning graphical user interface and built in wireless connection
to the galaxy wide web. Our industry standard processor bus and advanced
open source operating system provide seamless connectivity and integration
of disparate software into a common easy to use system that also supports
field upgrades while preserving investments in legacy hardware. Standard
Femtechs are equipped with tactical image targeting systems and Amazonian
support suspension that will leave opposing forces begging to be assimilated.
The Femtechs have an unprecedented ability to convert civilians into rockstars.
Mutech Corp. Where Technology Grows.
Janet Hansen and Brett Spivey
New work incorporates light sources beneath furs and sheer fabrics, and
matches LED arrangement to the textile patterns. White corset dress consists
of a corset top and ruffled skirt, made of asheer white fabric with a
metallic holographic print. Internal multi-colored LED lighting illuminates
the corset in a random twinkling pattern. Silver corset dress consists
of a silver corset top with diagonal quilting detail and a straight full
length silver metallic skirt. A grid of red, blue, green, and gold LEDs
is embedded in the corset, and designed to fade and flash in a variety
of patterns to suit your mood. Additional works include Color changing
bodysuit, Faux fur coat with fiber optic lighting, and Gloves with lighted
A little light is the perfect compliment to an outrageous outfit. Jim's
whimsical “light enhanced accessories” have taken a slightly
darker turn this year, into a realm reminiscent of Dr. Suess meets Tim
Burton. His elegant gothic collar has a flower like quality in the way
it wraps up around the head, and red LEDs at the ends of each stalk. His
fire/ice LED heart can be triggered to fade from red to blue whenever
you're feeling cold-hearted.
Lighted elements are contrasted with industrial materials such as rubber
and plastic, often scavanged by the artist from abandoned urban buildings.
Jo Bangphraxay @ See-Throo
Craig McCullough @ Strange Attractors
Anime-inspired future wear that emphasizes rich textures, unusual material
contrasts and interesting body geometries
DEvan Brown, Jesse Jarrell, isa gordon
Best know for biomorphic latex bodywear that is endlessly reconfigurable,
this fashion collective brings their new Binary Interlace Dress and Lotus
Dress. In addition they bring several one off couture pieces in more tradional
fabrics, including DEvan's Brown's elegant “Stellar”, a matched
set for man and woman that seems to come from some distant time or place.
SintheteX also creates the garments and accessories worn by Psymbiote,
host of the fashion show.
The designs of AMF Korsets reflect the mental oblivion of Louis Fleischauer,
who takes the skins of cows and turns them into wearable creations. Born
and raised in East Germany he is now living the American nightmare. He
declared a war on fashion 12 years ago when he first started to work with
leather. This progressive designer/sculpter/apocalyptic flesh explorer
will present Recycled Skin Suit for the Days After Tomorrow and other
corsets, skirts, face masks, and wings made of sculpted leather. This
knife proof skin suit scares off any potential predetors that hide in
the dark corners of the industrial waste land.
Anissë unilizes transparent plastic, shiny chrome, geometric shapes,
and electroluminescent accents to create a sensuous future couture.
Vanessa Bonet and Kasey McMahon
Psycho Gilrfriend is a design duo that specializes in creating unique
wearable art pieces made from unusual and appropriated materials. The
circuitry dress is aesthetic interpretation of the inner workings of computer
systems, inspired by the beauty of the circiut board, and features a circiut
board belt with LED accents.
Soul in the Machine
These exquisite stainless steel exoskeletons serve as costumes for this
unique performance troupe. The CyberFashion afterparty will feature the
complete show, on an elaborate set of custom instruments which trigger
both light and sound when played.