In the Charles Perrault fairy tale “Peau d’Âne” a young princess, whose kingdom’s riches are dependant on a gold excreting donkey, orders the impossible from her doting stepfather to thwart marrying him: three dresses made of immaterial materials. The first is to be made of the “sky” and should be as light and airy as the clouds. The second is to be made of “moonbeams” and should reflect the same lyrical intensity as the moon at night. The third, and last, is to be made of “sunlight” and should be as blinding and warm as the sun above.
Weather Davis, OSX Mac, fabric, conductive threads, fans, light emtting diodes, thermochromic paints, custom circuit boards, arduino pro, Xbee, Max/msp.
MAX/msp is used for compiling and keeping track of the data from the Weather Davis (temperature, UV, solar radiation, wind speed & velocity, humidity, rain fall). A set number of data parameters have been created for each of the dresses based on the weather readings particular to that dress. This data is sent out wirelessly via Xbee communication to embedded micro-controllers. Custom-built circuit boards receive data sent from MAX and relay these to the internal circuitry of the dress, effecting real-time changes which transform the dresses in unique ways. The Sun Dress has 128 individually addressable LEDs, while the Moon Dress has 14 colour-modulating flowers (standing in for the moon cycle) and the Sky Dress is imbued with 14 vibrating air pockets.