With this dress, you wouldn’t just wear your heart on your sleeve (video)

Here’s an interesting project from the research division at Microsoft. It’s a concept design for a dress that demonstrates the transparency of social media. It’s called the “The Printing Dress,” and it was created by Microsoft’s Asta Roseway and  Sheridan Martin Small.

This dress won Best Concept and Best in Show at the 15th annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) in San Francisco back in June. It’s not epaper or any novel screen tech, unfortunately. No, on that dress the words are being shown with a fairly ordinary (but probably compact) projector. There’s also 4 circuit boards and a keyboard (built into the bodice).

It’s not meant to be worn, obviously, but if it were then you might type your Tweets on the bodice keyboard and they’d show up live on  the dress. “You are probably familiar with that old saying, ‘You are what you eat,’ but how about ‘You are what you Tweet?’” Roseway says about the dress. “The dress looks toward a future with a new realm of social accountability, where you literally wear what you Tweet. Our words aren’t out there; they’re on us.”

This marks an interesting reversal of the usual anonymity of the web. I mean, of all the Twitterati you know, how many have you actually met?

Electricfoxy talks with Asta Roseway at Microsoft Research from Electricfoxy on Vimeo.

via Microsoft

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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