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Conway's T-Shirt

Cellular Automata implementation in fabric
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Using a woven form of e-ink, or some of that electroluminescent stuff, the rules might be updatable via DIM switches in the label (although that might make it a bit itchy)

Dry clean only.

zen_tom, Mar 04 2009

Wifi Detector Shirt @ Thinkgeek http://www.thinkgee...l/interactive/991e/
They also have a personal soundtrack shirt...they must be reading the HB. [Spacecoyote, Mar 04 2009]

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       Yes, now to combine it with utilitarianism and that would make it utility wear.
nineteenthly, Mar 04 2009
  

       If you had panels, like the scales on scale-mail, you might be able to have laminated sections of material that could change colour. The armour thing leads me to think initially of camouflage patterns - or spectacular drill displays.   

       But a proper T-Shirt would be geek paradise and sell in millions - you read it here first!
zen_tom, Mar 04 2009
  

       If you stood next to someone, would your automata interact with theirs?
hippo, Mar 04 2009
  

       Does anyone else remember the "hostess toast dress"? It was a dress made of slices of toast joined together by hooks. There could be a similar dress which worked like this T-shirt.   

       And of course i have to say this yet again: HOW THE HELL DO YOU WASH THIS SORT OF CLOTHING?!
nineteenthly, Mar 04 2009
  

       Quote from [link]:
//Washing Instructions
  

       1. Carefully peel animated decal from front of T-Shirt
2. Unplug ribbon connector behind decal and remove decal
3. Unplug battery pack and remove it
4. You can leave the ribbon cable inside the shirt
5. Machine wash gentle cycle on cold
6. Hang to dry

Please Note: If you plug the connector into the battery pack backwards the shirt will not animate properly. It will not damage the shirt. Simply reverse the connector.//
Spacecoyote, Mar 04 2009
  

       Thanks, [Spacecoyote].   

       It's very common for people not to bother even checking the pockets for large denomination notes, iPods and the like before washing their clothes. Everyone in our family does the washing. Can you really expect a twelve year old to remember that for every garment every time?
nineteenthly, Mar 04 2009
  

       They will after they kill the first one.
Spacecoyote, Mar 04 2009
  

       I'm sure they will but by then it's too late and they'll also have found a new way to rebel against their parents passively-aggressively. I seriously think this is a huge flaw in electronic gadgets in clothing that doesn't get addressed properly. It should be completely waterproof or something.
nineteenthly, Mar 04 2009
  

       Fantastic ! [+]   

       Oh and with regard to:   

       //If you stood next to someone, would your automata interact with theirs?//   

       It would be great having a glider roam down your arm and then off onto somebody's else shirt !
monojohnny, Mar 04 2009
  

       I've been considering all kinds of places for conway's game of life to appear, my ideas so far have been disco balls, brick walls, and those pin-sculpture toys. T-shirts would be cool.
fridge duck, Mar 05 2009
  

       Mosaics and tiled floors. Mars of course, as in my idea. On a microscope slide.
nineteenthly, Mar 05 2009
  
      
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