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    DESMA 152a: assignment 1

    Found image: This is a Tesseract, or hypercube, which is a 4-dimensional figure. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesseract) Where a square is 2-D, and a cube is 3-D and made up of squares, a hypercube is then 4-D and made up of cubes. In mathematics, it is feasible to have any number of nth-dimensions, but such figures cannot exist in physical space so we can only make representations of them in attempts to visualize the concept. This visualization presents the hypercube in a 2 axis rotation, which is interesting because the outside becomes the inside and the inside the outside.


    New image: This is the Bubelle dress by Phillips as part of their SKIN line of emotive clothing.
    (http://www.design.philips.com/probes/projects/dresses/index.page)
    According to Phillips, the line conceptualizes fashion for 2020, in which "emotion sensors" embedded in the clothing offer new ways for people to display their emotions through their clothing. In the Bubelle dress, the sensors trigger miniature projectors on the inner layer of the dress that create a colored light effect on the outer layer of the dress. Apparently, calm moods create blue tones and stressed moods create reds and oranges.
    The dress is beautiful; the design is ingenious and definitely deserving of having won one of Time's Invention of the Year awards, but I must wonder at the real feasibility of its design intentions. After all, you really can't anticipate fashion for 2020, because fashion is fickle and in no way progresses linearly. And, the design rests on displaying your emotions on your clothes, but most people regularly try to hide their emotions. While people do choose clothes for aesthetic enjoyment instead of just for functionality, I think few would want to wear their heart on their sleeve.

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