Day For Night dress

Day-for-Night dress: fug or fashionable?

What is it with people and the urge to give clothes the power to, well, power things? There was last year’s solar-powered swimsuit, and now there’s the Day-for-Night dress, which basically looks like a little white dress made up of tiles. More accurately, it’s made up of 448 circuit boards.

Each tile is designed in such a way as to accommodate a solar cell, a RGB LED, or a photocell, and jumper connectors (in the form of 0 Ohm resistors). A control board provides power, communicates with the tiles, and links to a computer via RF. The dress is completely modular both in terms of software and hardware.

So will we be seeing anybody all decked out in circuit boards? Uh, not likely, really. But it’s a nice thought. Perhaps people should just stick to turning bags and accessories into power-charging stations rather than making clothes do the work.

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