0

Geek Science Fashion at MIT Show #WearableWednesday

DesciDuo1

It looks like another version of Star Trek, but it’s actually some futuristic sci fashion from MIT’s Descience contest. I was lucky enough to learn about this “research on the runway” from BetaBoston. Applicants for this contest are either designers or scientists, and they are paired by interest to work together — sort of a matchmaking of the minds. Here’s the official description.

Scientists are challenged every day to explain the meaning of their discoveries. Fashion offers a unique platform through which the public can engage with cutting edge science. Descience is an innovative project that fuses fashion and science.

The fashion above was created by Laura Indolfi, a biomaterials engineer at MIT, and designer Carlos Villamil. They ended up each taking home a $1,500 prize for their garments, which mimic cells changing behavior in different environments. I’m a big fan of fashion illustration, and these simple drawings show the potential combinations.

DesciDuo2

I never grow tired of LEDs, and this next design has them embedded in silk and organza. The team was designer Dieter Kirkwood and researcher Julio D’Arcy, University of Washington in St. Louis. Their aim was to explore nanostructures.

The garment has an embedded soft circuit LED array using Adafruit’s FLORA micro-controller connected to a sensor made with polyanaline, a nano material that changes resistance when exposed to an acid or base. Polyaniline can be applied to fabric and remain flexible. In the future we hope to tune the sensor to discern complex compounds such as air pollutants.

DesciGlow

This next piece gives “bodycon” a new meaning as it explores disease. The duo was designer Candice Wu, and bio-engineer, Chris Gibson, who studies a rare disease called cerebral cavernous malformation. The red heart of the dress represents the red blood cells, while the green cage and black train (seen behind the model), represent the actin stress fibers. So, removing the cage becomes symbolic of the path of disease to freedom. Note the 3D printing on the exo-bra, as well as the black headpiece worn by the other model.

DeSciMatrix

You should definitely check out the Descience site to see the other teams in the competition — there’s some great designs. Then, start thinking about your own body and surroundings. Are you ready to bring 3D printing together with electronics? Then, take a look at our high-tech Cortana Costume tutorial. Soon you’ll be coming up with your own designs that reflect change and discovery. Remember, change is part of the process.



Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 12,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython 2019!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell with Google Hangouts On-Air is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Trade war rolls on, effects will have lasting implications

Wearables — Block the light

Electronics — Stay disciplined with ERC

Biohacking — Focus Building Meditation with Michael Taft

Python for Microcontrollers — Consumers Should Immediately… Python the Circuit! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython #PythonHardware @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF @Adafruit

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.