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In pictures: Hi-tech fashion that shines, blinks and sings

Updated 8:02 AM ET, Tue September 11, 2012
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The DareDroid is a biomechanic cocktail-making dress on display at the "Technosensual" exhibition in Vienna. Sensors around the wearer's neck detect when someone approaches and allow the system to dispense a cocktail. If they move into the wearer's personal space, the dress stops dispensing the drink. Courtesy: quartier21Jean-Sebastien Senecal
The Bubelle dress, designed for electronics firm Philips, conveys the emotional state of the person wearing the garment through miniature projectors located between the layers of the dress. A series of sensors collect data such as heart rate and respiration, which is visualized by altering the intensity, shape and colors of light generated by the projectors. Courtesy: quartier21
Intimacy is "a high-tech fashion project exploring the relation between intimacy and technology," according to its creators. The dress is made out of opaque smart foils that become increasingly transparent based on the wearer's heart rate, which varies depending on "close personal interactions." Courtesy: quartier21
"Taiknam Hat" is designed to respond to changes in surrounding radio signals. A detection system measures medium-wave radio signals and passes on the information to a microcomputer. The computer then activates motors that move the feathers adorning the hat. "Our intention is to ... contribute to our awareness of the increasing level of electromagnetic radiation in our environment," say its designers. Courtesy: quartier21
This wearable musical instrument is made from 35 circuit boards. It incorporates 12 coils, which create sounds when connected through copper plates on the wearer's fingers. The battery-powered dress includes two speakers. Courtesy: quartier21
This dress incorporates a battery-operated fog generator that emits smoke when another person comes too close to the wearer, according to its creators, Anouk Wipprecht and Aduen Darriba. Courtesy: quartier21
The "Body Speaker" dress includes built in "sound-capturing membranes." Worn against the skin, the membranes capture internal body sounds, according to designer Karina van Heck. Courtesy: quartier21
The "Paparazzi Lover" dress incorporates 62 LED lights that illuminate when it detects photographers' flash bulbs. Courtesy: quartier21