Imagine wearing a dress all lit up like a Christmas tree! The Galaxy Dress is gloriously aglow with 24,000 colorful LED lights with 4,000 Swarovski crystals helping with the megasparkle! Watch the video for the full color changing effect.
The special LEDs are so thin - 2 mm by 2 mm- that once embroidered on silk. the LED enhanced fabric drapes like ordinary cloth. Power from some small iPod batteries in the crinoline allows the dress to remain lit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The electrical consumption is the same as 2 household bulbs.
Alas it wasn't made for any woman to wear so you can forget about getting one for the office Christmas party. It was specially commissioned by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as the center piece for their "Fast Forward : Inventing the Future" exhibition as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations. It is the largest wearable display in the world.
The designers are Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, founders of a fashionable smart technology company called CuteCircuit which develops interactive clothing. One of their best known project is the Hug Shirt, a blue tooth accessory which lets you send hugs via your mobile phone. Each shirt has embedded sensors to record your touch, skin warmth and heart rate which is then transmitted to the shirt of the recipient via a phone call!
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