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Raver Gear That Helps You See In The Dark

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This evening gown doesn't just look wild and sexy — it's also like an extension of your body, with a design based on the ways that your rod cells see in low light, and cilia help our sense of touch.

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Fashion designer Lynne Bruning has a B.A. in neuropsychology and an M.A. in architecture. She told body-pixel the other day that moving from neuropsychology to architecture was

a jump in scale, not function. My time in neurophysiology was working with electron microscopes focused on a cellular level research. While architecture was about using cranes and concrete to design the built environment for those conglomerations of cells to inhabit. Realistically, a human body and a building have all the same elements – circulation, respiration, temperature regulation, waste removal, skin, fenestrations, energy production ect. Same functions. Different materials and scale.

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And she uses science in a lot of her work. Like take this jacket, titled "Bats Have Feeling Too":

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It's actually a "haptic coat for the blind," which could help you to "see" your way around. It's made out of a ready-made jacket, plus "lilypad arduino, conductive thread, ultrasonic range finder and vibration boards." (But I'm not sure if it actually works, or if it's just a theory.)

Or take this raver jacket, which is based on "green fluorescent protein," plus the patterns that our synapses make, and cool cell imaging photos that show how weird and alien our own bodies look when viewed at high resolutions.

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This evening gown is actually made out of e-textiles, including "Angelna fiber, silk organza, 110 UV LED lights and conductive thread."

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Here are a few of her other trippy creations. There's a lot more at her site. [Lynne Bruning]

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Corpore Metal

One of the things I keep waiting on this new century to deliver is true, washable, high resolution display fabric. I want to wear a tee shirt display.

That would be soo cool! I could go to work with movie or animated cartoon clips playing on my upper body. Or the scrolling output of a bash prompt. Or what my computer's desktop looks like at the moment.