"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.