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Friday, June 29, 2012

Designer develops cocktail dress that actually makes cocktails (Wired UK)

This article was taken from the September 2011 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

What does fashion lack? "Microcontrollers", according to Anouk Wipprecht, a 27-year-old designer from the Netherlands. Once you add them, wearable technology can go beyond just colourful LED displays. Wipprecht's DareDroid 2.0, a cocktail-making dress (pictured), is a case in point.

The dress, created with programmer Marius Kintel and artist Jane Tingley, is equipped with infrared sensors in the neck area that detect people at three stages of proximity: when there is a general crowd, when somebody enters the "personal space of the design" (between 46 and 122 centimetres) and when someone is within "intimate distance" -- closer than 46 centimetres. As they approach, the system will serve up a non-alcoholic shot....

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