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Chromat #TechTalks: 3D Body Scans, Virtual Reality, 3D Printed Clothing & Responsive Garments

September 18 2015

For the Spring/Summer 2016 MOMENTUM Collection, Chromat explored advances in cutting edge technology to capture all sides of the runway show and collection. Chromat believes in utilizing new forms of technology as an enhancement of the human experience and an augmentation of the body.

  

Read on for an in-depth look into 3D Body Scans with Sketchfab, Virtual Reality Livestream with Genpop, 3D Printed Dresses with Francis Bitonti, & Responsive Clothing with Intel.

 

3D BODY SCANNING

This season Chromat collaborated with Sketchfab, an open-source platform to view and share 3D models, to set up 3D Body Scanning backstage at the SS16 Momentum Runway Show. Every runway model was scanned to a 3D File, which can be downloaded and sent to a 3D Printer to be created in materials like acrylic, precious metals, sandstone and more. (Look out for future Chromat printed holiday ornaments and/or action figures!)
A member of the Sketchfab team scanning model Hilda in the Amelia Suit
Soon we will have the ability to body scan each Chromat customer and use those measurements to create custom Chromat garments that fit each individual body perfectly. We believe that in the future, clothing will be downloadable online as files that users will be able to apply to their individual body scans for a perfect fit and complete customization. 
Scroll and zoom on the runway models below to see close-views of their runway outfits. 
Sabina in the X Bustier Swimsuit and Arc Sneakers
Even Chromat founder Becca McCharen was scanned! 

View the entire SS16 collection in 3D here.

 

VIRTUAL REALITY 

Chromat collaborated with the Virtual Reality team at Genpop to bring the runway show livestream to another dimension.
The livestream captured a full 360 view of the catwalk, and now you can virtually walk the runway through the eyes of model Alek Wek!
Move your phone around to see a full view of the runway, or view the experience in the latest YouTube app or Chrome & Firefox desktop browsers.
To view in virtual reality with your Cardboard headset on your Android device, open this link in the YouTube app and then tap the cardboard headset icon in the bottom right to switch into virtual reality viewing mode. Place your phone in the headset and look inside.
 
Feel what it's like to walk the NYFW runway from the perspective of supermodel Alek Wek, who wore a Kodak PIXPRO SP360 head rig (and the Intel-powered Aeros Bra) while she stormed the catwalk. Look around to see the audience taking photos of her outfit, and go backstage to see the reaction from the Chromat team as she finished her walk! 

3D PRINTED CLOTHING

Chromat has utilized 3D Printing for past collections, and we currently produce many 3D printed bras, bustiers and skirts as well as 3D printed jewelry
This season, we stepped up our 3D print game through a collaboration with visionary 3D print designer Francis Bitonti to create a printed dress using ninjaflex- a flexible filament material. The dress was printed at Voodoo Manufacturing in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 
Model of the 3D Printed Adrenaline Dress by Francis Bitonti

REPONSIVE GARMENTS

In the future, we believe garments will be able to adapt and respond to your body and the surrounding environment. 
We have collaborated with the Intel Innovation team to create two responsive garments that transform based on the wearer’s body temperature, adrenaline and stress levels. The movement of the dress and sportswear are powered by the Intel® Curie™ Module, which allows the garments to customize their shape and adapt to the wearer’s environment. By serving as an extension of our sensory systems, the responsive garments reflect a concept known as biomimicry, where nature is used to solve complex human problems.

THE ADRENALINE DRESS

The Chromat Adrenaline Dress powered by Intel is composed of 3-D printed panels designed and an interlinked, expandable carbon fiber framework. When the garment senses adrenaline, the dress’s framework mimics the fight-or-flight mode and extends the wearer’s sensory system to form an imposing shape.

Photos by Bec Lorrimer & Christelle de Castro for MADE

THE AEROS BRA 

Chromat has also developed our first sportswear prototype built with Intel technology: the Chromat Aeros Sports Bra powered by Intel, inspired by wind, air and flight. Bra prototype developed with Elizabeth LeMay at Studio 317 in Portland. 

 

Photos by Christelle de Castro for MADE

The Chromat Aeros Sports Bra leverages shape memory alloy to open vents to cool down the body when it senses heat and sweat.  With integration of the Intel Curie module, the sports bra can intuitively respond to perspiration, respiration and body temperature. This responsive clothing enables the wearer to break through barriers such as overheating to achieve peak performance.

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The Intel powered garments, along with the body scanning, 3D printed garments and virtual reality runway shows, illustrate the potential of future integrations of fashion and technology.

As we continue our exploration of optimized fashion and wearable technology, Chromat is focused on empowering the body by elevating the utility of clothing and accessories with intelligent capabilities. 

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Pre-order the SS16 MOMENTUM Collection here.