Dressing for your climate gets literal with Diffus’s Climate Dress, which the Danish design company has laced with hundreds of tiny LEDs that respond to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Powered by an Arduino Lilypad microprocessor and a carbon dioxide detector, the haute-tech frock uses conductive embroidery to transmit information to the hand-stitched lights, resulting in patterns that range from slow pulses to rapid flashes depending on the concentration of the greenhouse gas.

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The Climate Dress, which made its public appearance at the Bright Green Expo in Copenhagen, brought together diverse talents, including fashion designer Tine M. Jensen, the Danish Design School, the Alexandra Institute, and the embroiderers at Forster Rohner.

The light patterns vary from slow pulses to rapid flashes depending on the CO2 in the air.

It was designed to generate awareness of environmental issues through an “aesthetic representation of environmental data,” according to Michel Guglielmi and Hanne Louise Johannesen of Diffus.”Different light patterns are staged as dramatic ‘micro events’ embedded into clothes,” they add. “They diligently and without concession tell us disturbing stories wrapped into a comfortable and reassuring cocoon de luxe.”

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[Via Fashioning Technology]