Sensor-Equipped Dress Tells You How She Feels

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands. has designed some "soft technology" for people to wear. Bubelle, the "blushing dress," has two layers; the inner one is equipped with sensors that respond to changes in the wearer's emotions and projects them onto the outer cloth portion of the garment.


(Philips SKIN: biometric dress)

The dress shows you how she feels.

This dress reminds me of the bio-fabrics from J.G. Ballard's 1970 story Say Goodbye to the Wind:

The racks of gowns itched and quivered, their colors running into blurred pools. One drawback of bio-fabrics is their extreme sensitivity. Bred originally from the gene stocks of delicate wisterias and mimosas, the woven yard have brought with them something of the vine's remarkable response to atmosphere and touch. The sudden movement of someone nearby, let alone of the wearer, brings an immediate reply from the nerve-like tissues. A dress can change its color and texture in a few seconds, becoming more decollete at the approach of an eager admirer, more formal at a chance meeting with a bank manager.
(Read more about Ballard's bio-fabric)

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Via Time; see also the Philips website. Thanks to Terry Hickman for sending in the tip on the story.

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