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CO2 Monitoring Dress Made With E-Textile Brocaded Lace

This gorgeous lighted dress was designed for the Bright Green Expo in Copenhagen  in December 2009. The dress monitors the CO2 levels in the immediate environment and displays the real time data through fading and flickering LED patterns. It was done in collaboration between diffus.dk, Alexandra Institute, The Danish Design School and embroidery company Forster Rohner.

Brocade is a traditional technique and very expensive. By using conductive yarns and adding interactive qualities such as light and sensors, Forster Rohner has brought brocade into the modern age. It is an excellent example of how companies that utilize traditional approaches can invigorate innovative solutions. I caught a glimpse of the brocade material up-close at Smart Fabrics 2010. (Video after the break)

**My apologies for the fuzzy video, I used a FlipCam in the dark.

The patterns in the brocade are made up of what looks like two conductive yarns. The dark gray swirls are the (-) and the lighter gray is the (+) of your power source. With this design, the LEDs can easily be sewn into the fabric. I think an advanced at-home embroderer could do the same design on a smaller scale like on a napkin, but I'd suggest calling Forster Rohner if your planning something big.

According to  ecouterre, Michel Guglielmi and Hanne Louise Johannesen of Diffus say, "Different light patterns are staged as dramatic 'micro events' embedded into clothes...They diligently and without concession tell us disturbing stories wrapped into a comfortable and reassuring cocoon de luxe."

You can find more images of the gown on the Diffus' Flickr stream

Sources: Treehuger

Main Image Courtesty Diffus: Alexandra Institute