Nokia unveils the interactive ‘smart skirt’ made from Lumia 1520 smartphones
This is not necessarily the first time science has made its foray into the fashion world. But an advanced skirt made up of Lumia 1520 smartphones has certainly caught us by surprise, especially due to the antithetical combination of a fluent skirt fabric and a solid phone material. Presented at this year’s London Fashion Week, ‘ Lumia 1520 interactive skirt’ is the collaborative effort from from Designer Fyodor Golan and Nokia. This interactive essence is carried forth by the embedded 80 screens that either have stationary photos (snapped by the phones) or live feed transmitted to them. These images and videos change their color tone with the movement of the smart skirt, thus ensuring a dynamic pattern of shimmer that goes well with the techno vibrancy of the apparel.
The entire mechanism is fueled by a special mobile app that utilizes GPS to gauge the positional change of the person (in this case, the model) wearing the smart skirt. This allows the shimmer effect to be governed by the movement pattern of the user. In other words, the actual fabric controls the visual ‘allure’ of the apparel; an innovative technological aspect that you might not have noticed quite often.
As for the making of the smart skirt itself, the designers used various CAD software for the initial sketches, while tools like 3D printers and laser cutters were used to give physical shape to these renderings. All of these allude to the fusion of technology and design that ultimately complements the ‘not-so-different’ fields of electronic aesthetics as well as fashion.
This is what Annie Kearney from Nokia Brand Lab, had to say about the project aim –
This unique project is about exploring the possibilities of smart technology and fashion coming together, as well as supporting new talent to create something special using the beautifully designed Nokia Lumia 1520.