Fashion designer Ylenia Gortana has created a “wearable music controller” that turns a drum machine into a jacket. Techmog, which first reported on the wearable technology, quotes Gortana:
The Concept of soundable fashion I developed from the starting point of questioning myself if I can come up with alternative ways of presenting fashion than on a common catwalk. So I came up with the idea to combine music and fashion, which belong together in many occasions anyway, in one object.
The whole jacket is built up in different layers of electronic textiles which are sectioned a matrix of 52 squared handmade push sensors.
The sensors are connected with a laser cut copper fabric circuit on the lowest layer of the jacket. The circuit ends with two Arduino Lilypad boards which are connected to a bluetooth signal board which communicates with the computer.
Gortana collaborated with New York-based musician Birdmask to demonstrate how to play with the fancy set of threads. Check it out in the video above.