Robotic dress transforms from office to happy hour

ITworld | Dec 11, 2014

360Fashion Network unveiled its robotic dress at an event in San Francisco highlighting the intersection of fashion and technology.

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360Fashion Network unveiled its robotic dress at an event in San Francisco highlighting the intersection of fashion and technology.

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Is this the future of fashion- a robotic dress that you can wear at work during the day and then take to a more formal evening event.

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With a flick of switch, we can control our outfits.

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Fashion technology company 360Fashion Network created the dress in collaboration with Polish couture designer Michal Starost and technologist Bruce Bateman.

Servo motors control six support arms made of fiberglass and reinforced with aluminum, and the dress runs on custom software and includes a battery pack.

That doesn't sound particularly practical, or perhaps comfortable, but another version is already on the way. It can be controlled by your smartphone and women who wear the dress will be able to adjust its hemline to whatever length they want.

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Anina Net
360Fashion Network, Founder
In the future, when we have less overproduction and overconsumption, one piece of clothing will need to do more for a woman's multitasking, multi-event lifestyle.

The dress isnÕt the only high-tech garment being developed. Earlier this year, designers in Shanghai held a fashion show with some of their ideas.

The runway show featured futuristic-looking fashion pieces integrated with virtual reality headpieces, sensors, smartwatches, masks that protect against pollution and clothing embedded with solar panels to charge devices.

Most of the outfits are not for sale, these are just concept designs to show how wearable tech is colliding with high fashion. A fiber optic dress is on sale for 620 U-S dollars and laser dresses by Michal Starost are made by special order.

360Fashion Network is looking for sponsors to do the wearable tech runway show in San Francisco in April of next year.

In San Francisco, Melissa Aparicio, IDG News Service.