Kinetic Clothing

Dress with controllable sleeves that go up and own.

Description

       Kinetic clothing is the merge of mechanical and electrical components into the garment so that the clothing can adapt to our body and the environment through changing shape. Kinetic Clothing was developed by Brittany to solve multiple problems she noticed in everyday life. Brittany wanted to create a garment where the sleeves could adjust to the desired length based on weather change while also changing the style of the sleeves. As the design progressed, she began to shift the project's focus on people with arthritis to help with the processes of rolling up sleeves. The concept was presented in May of 2016 at Aging 2.0, a pitching event that is part of a global search for the best aging focused startups. There Brittany received a check from Doctor’s Choice to build more prototypes to test apparel designs.

Prototype 1

Sketches

Finished version

Prototype 2

Sketches

Construction of dress

How it works

The dress consists of a pro trinket and H-bridge, which are wired and programmed to control the motors on the dress. When one of the buttons is pressed the H-bridge allows voltage to be applied across the motors in either direction through the use of transistors. This results in the motors being able to pull the sleeves up or down. 

Front of Pro Trinket

Back of Pro Trinket

Pulley System