Sticky, Itchy, and Stiff fashion generate wearable power

XSLabs-parasitic-power Generating alternative power on-the-go to keep up with the increasingly sophisticated but insanely power hungry electronic gadgets in our pockets much research and development resources have been devoted to this topic.

A highly interesting approach to wearable, on-the-go power generation comes from XS Labs, a team of researcher and artists founded by Joanna Berzowska to develop innovative methods and applications in electronic textiles and responsive garments.

The project is code named ‘Captain Electric and Battery Boy‘ investigating option to generate power via body and garment movements which can be used to transform or change the garments as response to internal and external stimulus.

The aim of this project is to develop three wearable artifacts, called Sticky, Itchy, and Stiff, that constrain body motions in a variety of ways.

Sticky, Itchy, and Stiff does not sound very comfortable when associated with clothing but as the team points out on the project page, fashion has been used for ages to transform our bodies to something we are not, squeezing into corsets, using exaggerated shoulder pads and so on.

The three artifacts will passively harness energy from body movements and actively via user interaction. The amount of power produced will depend on the level of discomfort and extenuation the wearer will want to endure.

As more you suffer as better the dress will make you look – or so is the theory.

Project members: Vincent Leclerc, Marc Beaulieu, Catou Cournoyer, Anne-Marie Laflamme, Catherine Marchand, Gaïa Orain, Emily Paris, Miliana Sesartic, Marguerite Bromley and Lyndl Hall leaded by Joanna Berzowska.

Photos from a recent photo shot of Sticky, Itchy, and Stiff can be found via XS Labs Flickr photo stream.

[via: Fashioning Technology]


  1. If scientists can coat cotton threads with carbon nanotubes impregnated with piezovoltaic, thermovoltaic, and photovoltaic particles, then these modified threads could be woven into traditional clothes. The clothes could look and feel relatively normal and comfortable. The piezovoltaic particles could generate electricity when the threads bend, the thermovoltaic particles could generate power when warmed by the human body, and finally the photovoltaic particles would generate power when exposed to light. Hopefully really smart people can make this reality.

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