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Fashion forward: Researchers, designers debut new tech on New York City runway @msmakecode @msftresearch @BKLYNlibrary

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Fashion forward: Researchers, designers debut new tech on New York City runway – Microsoft Research.

Microsoft researchers teamed up with designers at the Brooklyn Public Library’s BKLYN Fashion Academy to enhance the storytelling power of their garments using custom-made plug-and-play microcontroller technology. The collaboration culminated in a fashion show on May 3 at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library in New York City. The tech was the first application of Project Alava, which aims to lower the barriers of entry to programming by creating microcontroller-based systems that are easy to construct, code and debug. Alava leverages the open-source framework powering Microsoft MakeCode and the bus-based communication protocol JACDAC.

Learn more, On the Runway: Homage to Future Fashion, part 1, and part 2.


The BKLYN Fashion Academy (BFA) embarked on a journey through time where we discover the history and fashion culture of the Herero Women of Namibia, and dive into the future with cutting-edge technology sponsored by Microsoft. Our neo-Victorian theme will took you on a futuristic rollercoaster, into the realm of Steampunk and introduced you to a growing wave in fashion.


And some vid from the event!


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