LEDs bring textiles to life
Philips says that its LED-based Lumalive textiles are a glimpse of a future where our clothes are more intelligent and interactive.
German fashion designer Anke Loh's collection was launched in Chicago at a special fashion show in the glass-encased lobby of 1 North Wacker Drive. "I spent a long time looking for the right technology to bring into my fashion," said Loh. "I tried optical fibers - even weaving them together with black cotton. But when I approached Philips and they showed me their Lumalive textiles I found something special."
Loh says that Philips Lumalive is the only technology that allows moving images to appear on the body in such an elegant way. "It's the perfect combination of art and technology," she says. "We recorded video of city life and of different faces in Chicago and Antwerp and will display them as animations on the fabric using Lumalive technology. It takes personal expression to a new level. It has limitless possibilities and my collection is just the beginning."
Philips sees Lumalive as part of its vision for a future where our surroundings and the clothes we wear become more intelligent, and interact with the environment around us. Lumalive textiles are currently being developed for commercial use and will be available on the market in 2007.
Osram presents the world’s first "Light Dirndl"
About 100 LEDs were sewn by hand onto the Dirndl using more than five meters of fine wire to connect the LEDs with each other and deliver the necessary electrical power from the batteries attached under the garment.