This intimate wear is a shirt that is designed to register intimate words whispered into the wearer's ear.
An Intimate Memory shirt with a very sensitive microphone in the collar and a series of light points in a flower pattern incorporated into the front of the shirt. When a friend or partner whispers something into your ear, the microphone will record this event and the lights will light up, showing that an intimate event has occurred. The number of lights indicates the intensity of the intimacy event. Over time, the lights turn off, one by one, to show how long it has been since the intimate event took place.
They also have a skirt that registers touch. Now there's a good way to encourage people to feel you up.
The future of fashion is definately in wearable technology, both for personal use, and to have clothes that react to the enviornment, which this hoodie aims to do. It's LED studded hood can pulse to music, which is the kind of thing that will the wearer that extra attention. After all, who doesn't like blinkies, especially if they're blinking in beat.
The Hoodlüm "pulses" light in tune with the music that the wearer is listening to, be it the slow beats of a sonata or the sharp staccato of techno-jungle. Alternatively, the wearer can change modes to enable the Hoodlüm to pulse in response to the sounds around him, whether in a dance club or a subway. Finally, the Hoodlüm can be switched off and look and function exactly like a "normal" garment. The result is increased control over the relationship between the wearer of the Hoodlum and the fellow participants of his urban context.
Hufo from /. points out the following videos of this in action:
Windows Media Video 1 | Windows Media Video 2
France Telecom has done some fun R&D to display pixelated images from your cellphone on your shirt or sleeve. These raver garments can even be used as a standalone device that can animate based on sounds and gestures. The technology uses a flexible circuit board with LEDs and other electronic bits like sensors layered in a fabric layered sandwich, which they claim is fairly comfortable.
The researchers at France Telecom hope people will use these textiles to do things like display their mood, but I'd be happy if my pixilated avatar would just bop to the beat of the baseline when I'm out on the town. I really hope to see better resolution displays; this technology is still very young. With better resolution, designer memes and logos might become the hot intellectual property being shared by the young hipsters. Animated clothing is something I've been seeing a lot at Burning Man by artists with electroluminescent wire, so I have hope that this technology will encourage fashion to be more creative. For example, I would love a shirt that could display a very large "NO SPAM" message to display disgust in solicitors and peddlers in appropiate situations. I'd love to hear how others would use this creatively, so once again, I've opened up the comments
While I don't care for the fashion, this jacket is probably the most comfortable one could get outside of an air conditioned RV. Maybe I can get this for my girlfriend. She won't look cute, but she won't have a heat stroke either.
Nobody knows where to buy these though! Comments are open on this in case someone has a clue.