Embedded hardware design – Internship at by-wire.net
Another project during the internship at by-wire.net involved the upcoming couture collection of fashion designer Ilja Visser called ILJA Assimila. Inspiration is found in the beauty and dynamics of human skin and by-wire.net was asked to develop interactive lighting systems to be embedded in the couture pieces.
With the help of ContreChoc a hardware package was designed that powers a collection of integrated LEDs. The package size and amount of power dissipation needed special attention to be safely integrated in dynamic textile environments.
ILJA Assimila was an official part of the Paris Fashion Week 2016 SS, and five outfits were fully functional with the integrated lighting systems. By being able to play with the colour and intensity of the light, the fashion designers could alter the material properties of the fabric at their hand.