What inspired you to do this?
We love fashion tech because of the possibilities for expanding the meaning of clothes beyond visual messages. This project adds machine learning into the human experience of wearing clothes and artistic performance. Machine learning is a form of AI where a computer algorithm analyses and stores data over time and then uses this data to make decisions and predict future outcomes. The simple inputs from the garment are expanded into a full musical piece.
How long did it take to make it?
Overall, it looks about three months working on both the dress and the electronics.
How long have you been doing things like this?
We made our first tech couture art dress in 2015, we do about one dress a year, occasionally more.
How much did this cost to do?
Probably a ;little over a hundred dollars in fabric and electronics.
Have you done other things like this?
Over the years our dresses have been becoming more and more performance pieces.
What did you wish you knew before you started this?
Ensuring the sound quality was good was a challenge in creating this piece. In order to get good sound we used a Raspberry Pi, which is a mini computer, instead of a simpler system, like a microcontroller that we use for most of our designs. We needed to do a lot of research to find other projects using Raspberry Pi to make music and how those projects worked.
Are there plans available to make this? Do you sell this?
Check out our website, we have a system diagram available and we will adding the code to our GitHub account.
We're looking to make the output agnostic with choice of audio, bluetooth MIDI, and Open Sound Control.