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'Haute Tech' designer eyes future

Wearable technology clothing designs (Picture courtesy of Di Mainstone)
Ms Mainstone's Enleon designs are part of her Skorpions collection

A designer of shape-shifting dresses and clothing which could carry sensors to monitor the wearer's health is to reveal the technology behind her work.

Di Mainstone will discuss her Haute Tech at an open day hosted by Distance Lab in Forres, Moray, in May.

The research company is owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Ms Mainstone's creations include clothing with mechanisms programmed to change shape when warmed, or in response to an electric current.

Collectively called Skorpions, the five sets of dresses were the result of research along with Joanne Berzowska, founder and research director of XS Labs in Montreal.

The dresses were fitted with filaments of an alloy which can make the clothing resemble a living thing.

Throw themselves

Ms Mainstone did not wish to give too much away about her visit to Distance Lab, but said it would include discussion on more "whimsical" designs.

Another guest at the open day on 29 May will be Peter Schmitt, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in the US - an inspiration for the creation of Distance Lab.

The Forres-based company's other projects include a game where people "battle" virtual opponents who could be on the other side of the world.

In Remote Impact, a life-sized "shadow" of the opposing gamer is projected onto the interface, which resembles a mattress stood up against a wall and which can register brute force.

The participant's movement and the strength of blows are measured by a sensing system.


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