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Lume Light-Infused Clothing Highlights Wearable Tech

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Mydesign
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Wearable computing
Mydesign   10/4/2013 7:47:56 AM
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"We tend to think of wearable computing as providing a function rather than being purely aesthetic, pleasing to the eye, or the latest in fashion."

Cabe, apart from wearable devices, how this wearable computing is different or both are same.  

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Elizabeth M   10/7/2013 4:40:25 AM
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It seems inevitable that as wearable technology progresses, designers would find a way to make it not just functional, but simply for innovations in aesthetics. This seems similar to something I covered recently about a see-through cello that integrates electronics and light shows into a musical instrument, not necessarily for sound but for a new visual experience: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=267810

I suspect we will see quite alot more of this in the future.

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Mydesign   10/7/2013 5:36:08 AM
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"It seems inevitable that as wearable technology progresses, designers would find a way to make it not just functional, but simply for innovations in aesthetics."

Elizabeth, you are right that technology is progressing and one day we can see an integrated technology with wearable devices having charging point over cloths.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   10/7/2013 6:28:51 AM
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Yes, well, this is the natural progression of technology usually, isn't it, MyDesign? Usually someone invents something to solve a particular problem, so for a particular function. Then other people realize the technology is quite cool just for the sake of itself and begin innovating with it. I am not sure necessarily clothes need to be so high-tech merely for aesthetics' sake, but it is interesting to think about.

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mrdon   10/7/2013 3:02:21 PM
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Elizabeth,

That's what so exciting about Disruptive Technology: the designer's use of the product is usually transformed into something else by an end user or developer. LEDs definitely have tons of applications within the Wearable Tech market and this clothing line is just one of many examples of how they will be used in future. 

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Re: Wearable computing
Mydesign   10/9/2013 4:17:35 AM
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"Yes, well, this is the natural progression of technology usually, isn't it, MyDesign? Usually someone invents something to solve a particular problem, so for a particular function. Then other people realize the technology is quite cool just for the sake of itself and begin innovating with it."

Elizabeth, we can say it's as innovation and integration. Here all other innovations and developments (wearable devices, foldable batteries etc)  are getting integrated to a common platform.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   10/9/2013 8:28:40 AM
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Yes, that's a good point, too, Mydesign. That happens a lot as well in technology, as you point out--separate innovations eventually become all part of the same platform or product.

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Re: Wearable computing
Cabe Atwell   10/23/2013 6:39:54 PM
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I love the LED decorated clothing. I just wish they would make some clothing like this for men. Perhaps.... I should look into starting a new company!

C

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Elizabeth M   10/24/2013 5:14:21 AM
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I feel like women would be more open to it initially, Cabe, but it's good to hear that a guy is interested in it as well! Most of the guys I know aren't so fashion-forward. ;)

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seems familiar
NadineJ   10/4/2013 1:59:33 PM
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I've seen this before at a trade show here in San Francisco years ago.  It may have been SPIE, I can't remember.  As you walked in, the greeters were wearing plain white t-shirts that had an LED message "Ask me".  When they same people were needed for line control, the message read, "follow me".

Lots of people were very interested in the technology, it wasn't bulky and didn't drape any differently than a normal t-shirt.  I wonder if it's the same company.

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NEW TREND IN DEMAND
far911   10/5/2013 1:13:11 PM
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It is true , that quite a few companies are entering in this business as a new trend in fashion industry by launching lume light infused clothes , which people are following and interested in buying.

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Send out not so subtle messages.
Tool_maker   10/7/2013 1:02:27 PM
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  I can see where these things would be tremendous for young ladies who frequent club scenes and other such venues. When some bore refuses to pick up on subtle messages designed to convey, "Back off." The wearer could turn on a red light that even a fool would understand.

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William K.   10/7/2013 5:54:17 PM
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Toolmaker, it could indeed include some sort of stopsign function. BUT we both know very well that adding LEDS to clothing, while it does look nice, is a slightly more subtle way than yelling "HEY, LOOK AT ME!!!"  JUst like the kids with orange or blue hair, or orange AND blue hair, who complain when folks stare. Some things done to attract attention DO attract attention.So complaining when they work as intended is fairly dumb. But of course it can sell products.

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Re: Send out not so subtle messages.
Tool_maker   10/8/2013 1:02:40 PM
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  William K; I think there is a difference between flashy style and "in your face exhibitionism". The dress shown in the picture that accompanies the story look fashionable to me, but then I am sitting here in blue jeans & a polo shirt, so what do I know. However there is a difference between attracting attention and being pestered by a crude mover who does not know when to back off.

  Not that I ever have that problem as I can totally blend in any crowd in which I am placed.

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Re: Send out not so subtle messages.
William K.   10/8/2013 5:27:17 PM
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I don't equate attention seeking with exhibitionism at all. And while the dress in the picture is fairly modest, at least by US standards, it is certainly an attention getter. But probably most of the crude movers  would not be able to discern the difference.

Oh Well.

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Wearable Tech LEDs invade Skullcandy Headphones
mrdon   10/7/2013 3:12:02 PM
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Cabe,

Nice article on how LEDs are now being designed into clothing. With the cost of today's 8bit micrcontrollers and LEDs, Wearable Tech will be ehanced by this solid state lighting wonders. Check out the video of how to mod a Skullcandy Headphone with LEDs and an Adafruit Flora microcontroller. Its a pretty cool looking set of headphones!!!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4X2TXiSFMY&list=PL2B8A7560BC19F361&index=8&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1

 

 

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RE: Wearable Computing
AnandY   10/8/2013 8:15:44 AM
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It is fascinating to see how far the wearable technology venture has gone. The main reason why I like this new LED wearable computing fashion, apart from the technological part, is how it allows you to make adjustments to suit your preference, surrounding, weather and even your moods. It is quite different from the notion and thought of wearing devices associated with wearable computing.

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