Forty thin photovoltaic strips made out of flexible cells connect to a USB port that powers an MP3 player or mobile phone, bringing music right to your bikini. Literally.
This refreshing and intelligent approach to intelligent materials is certainly envy invoking. What’s brilliant about it is that it uses hardware as fabric, and wildly successfully seamlessly integrates technology into a tool of seduction, protection and power.
Whether the design is perfect or finessed is of less interest to me. What’s exciting is the innovative approach to thinking about the role of design, technology and function when the lines get so blurred that it is impossible to untangle them. That’s the kind of mess that I love to see in design.