Posted in Optics

Fiber Optic Glowing Dress at NY Met Gala

Hi friends! Long time no post! I’ve been seeing too many good art and science projects lately and just had to throw this one up to share!

Fashion designers have been trying to incorporate fiber optics into dresses for years, because of their flexibility and weight, and ability to change colors. The issues were that the fibers weren’t necessarily flexible enough or sturdy enough to actually make a functional dress (if you can call a full length ball gown functional). Seems like they may have finally done it!


The theme of this year’s Met Ball, fittingly sponsored by Apple, was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, and Claire Danes’ dress took the cake. Designed by Zac Posen, he “sourced the fiber optic woven organza in this dress from France, and there are 30 mini battery packs sewn into the gown’s understructure,” according to FastCo.

The Met Gala is held annually for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum Of Art’s Costume (Fashion) Institute in New York City, the only department that has to fund itself.


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Posted in biology, electronic imaging and displays, Optics

Here’s the science behind that darn dress – ScienceAlert

…As much as I dislike stepping into the fray, it is rare that the combination of art and science makes such headlines, so, without further ado…

is the dress white and gold or black and blue

In case you missed it, this dress has been blowing up the Internet and tearing friendships apart since it was posted on Tumblr yesterday. Because even though the dress is so very clearly white and gold, some people out there are equally convinced it’s blue and black.

But we’re not going to get started on that debate. We’re here to tell everyone to chill, because there’s a scientific explanation behind this witchcraft. And, much to my horror, the dress is actually blue.

Read on to find out why.

via Here’s the science behind that darn dress – ScienceAlert.

Just for the record, my friend is able to switch back and forth between seeing it both as white and gold AND black and blue. I cannot. #thatdress

Posted in aerospace, biology, earth sciences, electronic imaging and displays, medical imaging, Optics

2014 Art of Science Competition Winners: Photos : Discovery News

Some really amazing photos in this year’s batch:

The Princeton University’s “Art of Science” exhibition displays the work of Princetonians past and present that highlights the interplay between art and science. Its entries are chosen for their aesthetics as well as the scientific or technical interest they may hold.This year’s was the seventh Princeton University Art of Science competition. Let’s take a look at the top three winners in the contest, as well as the “People’s Choice” winner and some other dazzling works. We’ll also hear from the artists via comments they made about the works they created.”Watermark,” from postdoctoral researcher Sara Sadr, was this year’s first-place winner shown above. The pattern in the image was created by water moving back and forth on the Atlantic coast. “As a hydrologist, I am fascinated by the natural phenomena of our beautiful planet,” notes Sadr. “The way water in this picture found its way back to the ocean reminded me of a peacock’s tail spreading under the sun, or a woman’s hair blowing in the wind.”

more via 2014 Art of Science Competition Winners: Photos : Discovery News.

Posted in design and architecture, electronic imaging and displays, Optics

Pablo Picasso hidden portrait found beneath famous painting ‘The Blue Room’ – News – Art – The Independent

More and more of these “hidden paintings” are being discovered via infrared and other photonic technologies.

A hidden portrait has been unearthed beneath Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece “The Blue Room.”

Art experts using infrared technology on the painting revealed a man wearing a jacket, bow tie and rings and resting his bearded face on his hand.Scientists have confirmed that the artwork was created just before “The Blue Room” during the Spanish painter’s early 1900s ‘blue period’, in which he focused on monochromatic paintings in blue shades.

more via Pablo Picasso hidden portrait found beneath famous painting ‘The Blue Room’ – News – Art – The Independent.

Posted in communication and networking, music, Optics

The gloves that will “change the way we make music” « adafruit

Imogen Heap is working on creating gloves that allow her to direct music adjustments electronically without breaking up the flow of her performance.

…musician Imogen Heap demonstrates the electronic gloves that allow people to interact with their computer remotely via hand gestures.

The interview was filmed at Heap’s home studio outside London, shortly before she launched her Kickstarter campaign to produce a limited production run of the open-source Mi.Mu gloves.

“These beautiful gloves help me gesturally interact with my computer,” says Heap, explaining how the wearable technology allows her to perform without having to interact with keyboards or control panels.

Pushing buttons and twiddling dials “is not very exciting for me or the audience,” she says. “[Now] I can make music on the move, in the flow and more humanly, [and] more naturally engage with my computer software and technology.”

via The gloves that will “change the way we make music” « adafruit industries blog.

I completely agree with Imogen Heap’s sense that it is boring to watch a musician fiddle with dials and knobs during a live show.

Just as a side geek note, I do feel a little bad that when I opened the link (it was sent to me by a coworker) my first thought was “why does she look like Rogue?”

Posted in communication and networking, engineering, Optics

A ‘Mistletoe Drone’ Descends On San Francisco : NPR

I like the idea of a robot being used to spread positive human emotions.

Most would agree: We don’t usually think of drones as charming.

But two artists — George Zisiadis and Mustafa Khan — have produced a piece of performance art that mixes the unmanned aerial vehicle with a long-loved holiday tradition.The artists propped a mistletoe on a Parrot AR Drone 2.0 and flew it over San Francisco’s Union Square.

Zisiadis : “All my work is about playfully re-imagining the world around us,” he says. “Drones have been causing all sorts of paranoia lately and I wanted to reframe them from being something scary and ominous to being fun and human. It’s not about the technology, its about how we use it.”

via WATCH: A \’Mistletoe Drone\’ Descends On San Francisco : The Two-Way : NPR.

Happy Holidays!

Posted in electronic imaging and displays, Optics

A Clever Book Kids Need A Flashlight To Read | Co.Design

As a kid, I certainly remember trying to sneak some late night reading in at night after lights out. With tablets the flashlight is no longer needed, but that experience as a kid inspired Rebecca Sutherland, Hat-Trick and Knock Knock to create a book Hide & Eek!, with a fun twist:

The exciting and scary images are hidden during the day, and will only appear under a flashlight at night.

“It’s magical then when images appear that cannot be seen with the naked eye,” explains Hat-Trick’s Creative Director Jim Sutherland. “Even when you know how it works, it’s still amazing.”

more via 1 | A Clever Book Kids Need A Flashlight To Read | Co.Design: business + innovation + design.

This book isn’t nearly as high-tech as the stuff I often report on, but it is a great example of how a little adjustment of light, or even angle of light, can really change the image and the whole story.