Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education
Edited By Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg and Yasmin Kafai
Vignette: The Climate Dress
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The Climate Dress is an interactive dress that reacts to CO2 changes in the nearby surroundings. The dress senses the CO2 concentration in the air and then creates diverse light patterns with over a hundred LEDs—varying from slow light pulsations to short and hectic flashes. The Climate Dress is a statement that, through an aesthetic representation of environmental data, contributes to the ongoing debate about environmental issues.
The Climate Dress uses soft conductive thread is similar to the thread used for traditional and industrial embroidery. In the gown, the embroidery becomes more than an aesthetic element—it has a crucial function of conveying electricity and thereby giving “power to the dress.” Several microcontrollers are connected to the CO2 sensor and LEDs through this embroidery.
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