Little Black Dress Made With Graphene Changes Color When You Breathe

Little Black Dress Made With Graphene Changes Color When You Breathe
Design

The dress by the into Trafford Centre is the world's first made of super-material graphene

Matt Vitone
  • 23 august 2017

The little black dress is a staple in most women’s wardrobes, but intu Trafford Centre and Cute Circuit have taken the concept to the level of haute couture with its innovative use of graphene, a Nobel Prize-winning material that is lightweight, conductive, and super-strong.

Created in collaboration with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester, the dress has a Graphene enhanced stretch sensor that captures the breathing pattern of the wearer. The data is tracked in real time by a powerful microprocessor and analyzed. Tiny LED decorations on the dress then change color depending on the depth of the breath taken by the wearer.

If the wearer takes a shallow breath, for instance, the LEDs will change from orange to green. A deep breath, meanwhile, will change color from purple to turquoise. The LEDs sit atop a transparent graphene element so it looks like they’re floating. Due to the unique conductive abilities of graphene, there are no wires anywhere in the dress.

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Graphene, which is a form of carbon, is the world’s first two-dimensional material, giving it a unique set of properties. It is the world’s thinnest and lightest material, as well as the world’s strongest (stronger even than diamond). As if that weren’t enough, it also conducts electricity better than copper.

This gives graphene a broad range of potential uses from the aerospace and automotive industries to electronics and communications. Transparent and bendable, it can take any form, the only limit being one’s imagination. “In the future, we might use the same system for sportswear and ready to wear garments in the CuteCircuit collection,” said the company in a blog post on its website.

The dress was debuted earlier year in Manchester and will be shown again this October at the city’s upcoming Science Festival.

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The little black dress is a staple in most women’s wardrobes, but intu Trafford Centre and Cute Circuit have taken the concept to the level of haute couture with its innovative use of graphene, a Nobel Prize-winning material that is lightweight, conductive, and super-strong.

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