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Addressable Chameleon Clothing

Crowds become giant billboards
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Imagine clothing that can be made to change color under computer control, and which can also be made to be a node in a wireless network. Now imagine a centralized computer controlling that network which, armed with location information for each node, can cause the crowd to display a bitmap image of some sort. This would be especially useful for sporting events, where each person in attendance has a view of a large section of the crowd. What to display? The scoreboard would be a good choice. Of course advertising might be attempted, but if it was just annoying, nobody would wear the clothing, so it would be in the interest of the operators to do cool stuff with it.
JakePatterson, Dec 09 2001

(?) Hacked football games http://www.tuxedo.o...eaning%20of%20Hack.
Scroll almost to the bottom of this very long file. Or search on "The Meaning of `Hack'" [bristolz, Dec 10 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Blinkenlights http://www.blinkenlights.de/
Addressable chameleon building? [wiml, Dec 11 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       I'll wear the underscore shirt
bristolz, Dec 09 2001
  

       show off!
po, Dec 09 2001
  

       Well, po, you could take the "," shirt. Then you'd be the comma chameleon.
bristolz, Dec 09 2001
  

       I like that
po, Dec 09 2001
  

       me too
bristolz, Dec 09 2001
  

       <grins> I think he meant the 3-D effect you're likely to give to any straight line across your chest...
StarChaser, Dec 09 2001
  

       I was imaging the underscore to be, well, under that (those).
bristolz, Dec 09 2001
  

       [PeterSealy]
Well, your post is similar, but what I had in mind is that each garment would be one "pixel" in the larger display controled wirelessly.
JakePatterson, Dec 09 2001
  

       Ok, I want to be a pixel in the underscore.
bristolz, Dec 09 2001
  

       Yeah, but just try to get the message animated -- Impractical to have all those folks doffing and donning their shirts 15 or 30 times a second.
bristolz, Dec 09 2001
  

       So give them a shirt that's white on the front, black on the back. Give everyone a device that buzzes once for 'face forward', twice for 'face backward'. It's monochromatic, but simple.   

       For all that why not just have everyone carry a 21" LCD flatscreen. Hold it up and display what you want.
phoenix, Dec 09 2001
  

       At the Harvard-Yale game some years ago, a covert squad of engineers distributed hundreds of red and white placards to the Harvard fans, & got them all to hold them up in unison, spelling out "MIT"
deef, Dec 10 2001
  

       [deef]: I think that was Caltech who hacked University of Washington cheer squad cards at the Rose Bowl in early 60s. MIT did hack a Harvard game in the 80s by placing a large balloon beneath the turf that inflated at half-time with the letters "MIT" emblazoned on it.
bristolz, Dec 10 2001
  

       Luminous hair. Colour-changeable fibre-optic locks that can light and dim. Visible from above, and a wow at parties.
pottedstu, Dec 10 2001
  

       Funny, M.I.T. and Harvard don't play in the same league. Does M.I.T. even have sports?
snarfyguy, Dec 11 2001
  

       My Christmas tree is fiber-optic. If I could do that to my hair sometimes, I would in a heartbeat. I like the luminous hair, pottedstu.
jimithing, Dec 11 2001
  

       those fibre optic christmas trees are so beautiful. I got a deal with a friend where he has it for Christmas and I have it the rest of the year.   

       jimithing - how about fibre optic wigs then? I'd buy one.
notripe, Jan 13 2002
  

       Some Japanese company just came out with this stuff a while ago. It's a shirt with a liquid screen on the front and you can scan/upload any picture you want onto it. It's neat but not worth the several thousand they're asking for it.
joshkouri, Apr 29 2003
  
      
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