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Recycled Film Slides Make a Little Slide Dress

Look at this. The Little Slide Dress by Emily Steel is a pure blend of modernity and tradition. She successfully brings out the nostalgic charm of classical film slides along with the modern concept of technology. A student from the Victoria University of Wellington, she made this little black dress using individual film slides backed with light-sensitive LEDs. The dress draws inspiration from classic movies and the ‘magic of film’.

The dress requires perfect balance of ambient and projected light to work its magic. The designer has connected a LilyPad Arduino to control the brightness of the LEDs.

LilyPad Arduino is a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles. This can be sewn to fabric and similarly mounted power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread.

The sensor reads how much ambient light is there and uses this value to determine if the LEDs will be off or on. If there is a lot of light, the LEDs are off and once the sensor determines that there is the right amount of light for the LEDs to be seen in their full brightness, it turns them on.

When the lights turn on, you may think that you have stepped in to the golden age of Hollywood.

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