Dance is a form of storytelling, fashion a form of expression and music a form of self expression. If technology is added to the fold, the lines between these three begins to blur and a new industry begins to develop: One where self expression is told by what we dress in, that can change instantaneously, giving the ability to change ones story, in a newly expressive manor, normally restricted by previously unchangeable physical limitations. As our society enters the third industrial revolution and computing nears science fiction potential, so will the ways in which we interact in much the same manor social media changed how we communicated and with whom. One such example is Apple's Apple Watch; a fashion statement, a music receiver & player, a bio-metric gathering device of warble computing technology, delivering a new untapped experience. But why limit ourselves to the known physical devices when we can integrate these into the very clothing we wear on our backs.
The hopeful end result of this one year capstone project will aid in illustrating this new industry & be added to the fold of next-generation fashion-esc dance inspired technological assisted warbles the first-world will undoubtably consume in the near future.
Video game examples show from Deus Ex: Human Revolution with their "Cyber Renaissance" fashion design. From left to right:
Zhao, Megan, Eliza_final, Eliza_poster-concept.
K-Pop and Mando-Pop examples shown. From left to right:
K-Pop group: Girl's Day in music video "Female President", K-Pop group: Rainbow, singer, Jaekyung, K-Pop group: Kan Mi Youn in music video "Wont Meet You", Mando-Pop group: Jolin Tsai in music video "The Great Artist"
Real world examples. From left to right:
Cosplay design by SUPERNEOON, 3D fashion by Noa Raviv, L'Inde Le Palais - Gareth Pugh autumn/winter 2014, Fashion by Unknown.
Japanese pop music group Perfume preforming "Spending all my time". These projections are carefully timed to choreographed human factors so it appears as if the dresses themselves are giving off the light. With sewable electronics, we might be able to near this gap ever closer.
LEDs and electroluminescent strips/panels:
Japanese pop music group Perfume preforming "Spring of life". Seen here is LEDs and electroluminescent straps sown into dresses and likely powered via the cords behind the singers due to power requirements at the time.
Martin Grant designed a set of stunning and interestingly contrasted clothing for Australian airliner Qantas.
As the thumbnail/video below shows.
This design however is impractical in a utilitarian sense, beyond brand recognition. With the addition of wearable computing we can give added use to this fashion, without taking away it's original look:
The first image is the "strand test" showing placement of sewable LEDs and their angled design, so as to not take away from the angled pink color on the upper chest. (Added pink to left arm for better visibility of LEDs)
Because the darker portion of the of the dress now has LEDs, it can be off or black if so chosen. However when the airline attendant becomes busy helping someone we can illuminate select LEDs and in a corresponding order and animation to show a clock in red, denoting them busy assisting someone so as to not be interrupted.
When the flight attendant is not helping anyone we can either revert the shirt back to it's original black look or add a helpful green question mark to illistrate visitor questions should be asked to these select attendants.
One last example is the possibility for better awareness and promotion of things, should the LEDs be imbedded in a rectangle pattern (TV/PC Screens) Here we use Susan G. Komen's breast cancer logo. It goes well with the angeled pink color and has the added bonus of curessing the breast, illistrating what is effected.
South Korean pop music group 4Minute music video of "Love Tension" vs live performance:
The motion graphics seen in the below video are clearly post-production and not live. They add shape and dimension to the dancer's choreography, while also giving a more pleasing user experience when accompanied by the song. This video has roughly 7 million views and 4Minute is one of the most widely known girl bands in K-Pop.
While it may seem a non-issue for any live performance of "Love Tension", given the strength of the song and popularity of the K-Pop group, the live performance is otherwise underwhelming at best and simply amateur at worst; especially given the fact that one of the singers in 4Minute, Hyuna, was in PSY's "Gangnam Style" with over 2 billion online views, the most viewed K-Pop music video to date. This thusly has a negative effect on 4Minute as a brand.
Thus comes the question of what can be done to rectify this, when using the first video as a reference point of inspiration? Deconstructing a portion of the music video timed with the live action, showing a before and after:
Seen here are a cluster of triangles that appear as the singers move their arms in a circular pattern, fading in and out over time.
Similar to Perfume's "Spending all my time" use of projection mapping on sown fabric wings that can be detached once the act is done; these wings are sown with NeoPixels or EL panels. The effect being projection mapping isn't required anymore & can be seen in a lit stage.