Fashion-forward wearable technology took the spotlight at the Microsoft Wearable IT Fashion Tech Awards, on July 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 event. Highlighting some of the world’s most innovative forms of functional fashion, the accolades culminated in a joint prize of $11,000 for a pair of gloves that help musicians control the devices they use to make music, and a clothing-worn app for dementia patients.
The dementia app, created by the Spur initiative, makes caregivers and loved ones of those suffering from dementia aware of the wearer’s location, and provides an alert in case of emergencies. The gloves, known as Gloves for Music, and created by Mi. Mu, a non-profit collective of artists, scientists and engineers, uses sensor technology to allow musicians to compose and perform music with computers. This helps them interact more intuitively and expressively with the technical instruments they use for their work.
Other notable wearables on the stage were a jacket that repels sexual assaults by delivering an electrical shock to someone trying to attack the wearer, and a line of clothing emblazoned with high-resolution screen displays.
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