High Tech Meets High Fashion With Kino Living Jewelry

first_imgStay on target Machine Learning Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular DeathMIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Customize Shoes, Phone Cases Static accessories are so 2016: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created “living” jewelry.The miniaturized robots, dubbed Kino, meander across your clothes, changing location and reconfiguring appearance.Its various applications, as described by its inventors, include pattern-changing effects (camouflage the bots then watch them create optical illusions on your torso) and etching (the device can “draw” on fabrics like velvet).Miniature robots generate dynamic textile patterns through movement (via Jimmy Day/MIT)With Kino, high tech meets high fashion: The kinetic wearables seamlessly transition between a minimalist brooch for the office and a statement necklace for the theater.The rise of smart jewelry—”adornment artifacts that function both as jewelry and as a computational device,” as the researchers put it—has so far been limited to alphanumeric displays or LEDs.But add some wheels and sensors, and you can open design to functions beyond decoration.Kino robot mechanical structure (via Jimmy Day/MIT)“It is our vision that in the future, these robots will be miniaturized to the extent that they can be seamlessly integrated into existing practices of body ornamentation,” the team said in a product overview.Kino can even trigger clothing to adapt based on climate or comfort needs. For instance, connect a device to each drawstring of a jacket hood, and, upon detecting an increase in temperature, the robots automatically roll down to pull off the cowl.They can also be paired with mobile devices to act as on-body assistants, responding to commands and completing tasks.Climate-reactive clothing application (via Jimmy Day/MIT)“With the addition of kinetic capabilities, traditionally static jewelry and accessories will start displaying life-like qualities, learning, shifting, and reconfiguring to the needs and preferences of the wearer, also assisting in fluid presentation of self,” according to the scientists.The group, led by MIT Media Lab’s Chris Schmandt, includes Media Lab analysts Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Artem Dementyev, MIT mechanical engineer Deborah Ajilo, fashion designer Oksana Anilionyte (of London’s Royal College of Art), and Stanford University mechanical engineers Inrak Choi and Sean Follmer.“With wearables that possess hybrid qualities of the living and the crafted, we explore a new on-body ecology for human-wearable symbiosis,” they added. “Attached to garments, [Kino] generate shape-changing clothing and kinetic pattern designs—creating a new, dynamic fashion.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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