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Is Augmented Reality Fashion's Next Great Technology Superstar?

(Above: one of Spiral Magazine's Animated Avatars by Designers Reed + Rader)

Augmented Reality or AR is a term for for "a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) virtual computer-generated imagery - creating a mixed reality."

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Fairytale Fashion Show

Diana Eng's Fairytale Fashion Show from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo.

Wednesday night at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, Diana Eng showcased her Fairytale Fashon Show with soft glowing dresses, twinkling skirts, modular oragami shapes, and a lighted balloon releasing gown.

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Fairytale Fashion Show, February 24th in NYC

Diana Eng is "using technology to turn make-believe into reality" at her Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam in NYC tomorrow night. Diana, who has recently been seen geeking out with ham radios, has also been reporting on the process of the fashion show on CRAFT and Make since last Friday. She's been coordinating and working on the project with the help of Eyebeam a Art and Technology Center and few very talented techies. I am really looking forward to it. I'll be there tweeting as the models hit the runway, so be sure to stay tuned to my tweets from switchGirl.

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Saying goodbye to my hero, Lee Alexander McQueen

"Everything has an end. The cycle of life is a positive thing because it gives room for new things to come." - McQueen

It has been almost two weeks since I learned about Alexander McQueen's tragic suicide. When it happened, I didn't want to blog about it because it felt too personal and deeply depressing. For me, iHeartSwitch is about moving forward with technology in a positive light, not mourning the past. But sometimes, you have to acknowledge and share your pain in order to move past it. I am lucky enough to have a venue to do that and I know many of you were also deeply shocked and hurt by his passing as well, so you won’t mind if I get a little personal.

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WTF Moments in Fashion Tech History: Inflatable Bras Edition

It may be hard to believe but during the 50s and 60s blow-up bras were manufactured and sold to the mass market by Frederick's of Hollywood ("make the most of you") and Très Secrète ("the most inspired of the sweet feminine deceptions"). Mercifully, they were long buried in the dustbin of history—right where they belong. That is, until a 21st century Chinese company got "inspired" and decided to revive the idea that refuses to go flat (sorry).

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DIY: Glowing Heels On the Go - Rodarte Style

Rodarte's Glowing Heels Steal the Show

It's Fashion Week 2010 and the signature cool and futuristic cozy style of Rodarte hit the runway with beautiful glowing heels. Come back at 6:00 P.M. EST and I'll show you how to make your own little lighted darlings. Images from HighSnobette and theFrisky

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STELLA "Klight" Dress with Stretchable Electronics

The "Klight" dress is designed by Mareike Michel, a fashion design student at the University of Applied Science in Berlin, Germany. What makes this demure LBD so special is the stretchable PCB. For those who don't know, a PCB stands for "printed circuit board" and they are the boards that hold and connect the main components of a computerized system like you find inside your cellphone, computer, and other electronic devices (see below). They are very hard and inflexible and usually difficult to integrate into fabric unless your looking for something with real rigidity. However, with a STELLA, we are looking at a possible future with washable and comfortable interactive fashion and interior design. 

A common PCB (Left) is found in most all electronic devices today. The Knight dress with the stretchable PCB (on the right) was developed in cooperation with scientists from Fraunhofer IZM and TU Berlin as part of the European research project STELLA (STretchable ELectronics for Large Area Applications).

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Fashion Poll: Twitter Dress at Grammys

Last week, Imogen Heap accepted her 2010 Grammy while wearing a dress with scrolling LED text on a large collar. She designed the dress so her "fans could accompany her to the award show" she wrote on Twitter that morning. The dress has its own twitter feed (#twitdress) which displayed the twitter pics from fans in real-time as she accepted her award. What do you think? 

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Sequined Solar Cells for Power Hungry Fashionistas

 

With the advancement of a new micro solar cell, sequined dresses of the future may not just indicate a fashionista on the loose, but instead, an environmentally conscious go-getter with a fully charged cell phone.

The scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, makers of all things sci-fi, have created tiny snow-flake looking solar cells (pictured below) for possible applications in textiles and clothing. These cells are being designed to be less expensive and have greater electronic efficiencies than the current cells on the market. The micro cells require cutting edge manufacturing techniques to ensure quality. Even so, their miniscule size makes it so that there is a minimal loss of power production if one were to be damaged. Compare this to today’s large rectangular solar panels, where if one goes down, the whole unit has a huge loss in power production. Instead with these new cells if one went down it would just be a small percentage of the overall grid.

This is defiantly a technology to watch. I see a future of sparkling rooftops, glittering light poles, and fashionable sequined shrugs. What do you see? What would you make with solar powered sequins? Leave a comment and let us know.

Source: Inhabitat

Dress image from stellarmagazine

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