Microsoft Exploring Wearable Fashion Tech 'Printing Dress, PocketTouch, Swivel, Wearable Multitouch Projector' at New York Fashion Week; Xbox 360 Still No. 1 Console in the U.S.

At the New York Fashion Week, Microsoft and Bloomingdale teams up to bring the intersection of fashion and technology to life for consumers. "One place you'll see this is in Bloomingdale's NYC 59th Street store, which will feature the Microsoft Research Printing Dress," Micosoft says. The dress won Best Concept and Best in Show at […]

At the New York Fashion Week, Microsoft and Bloomingdale teams up to bring the intersection of fashion and technology to life for consumers. "One place you'll see this is in Bloomingdale's NYC 59th Street store, which will feature the Microsoft Research Printing Dress," Micosoft says.

The dress won Best Concept and Best in Show at the 15th annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) in San Francisco last summer -- "is an early prototype and artistic installation that integrates computer components into a dress made almost entirely of paper and shows us what could be possible when technology becomes wearable. The wearer can write tweets on the surface of the dress using a bodice mounted keyboard and visitors to the 59th Street store can send tweets using the #MSBLOOMINGDALES hashtag," explains Microsoft.

Other Microsoft Researchers are exploring a wearable technology called "Wearable Multitouch Projector," that allows a user to use their hands, arms or the wall as graphical interactive surfaces. As you can see in the video below, this is still very much at the prototype stage but the potential is clear - with anything you can do on today's mobile devices, potentially being in the palm of a hand. And, this "could one day be a brooch or lapel pin that turns any surface into an interactive display."

And, with the "PocketTouch," Microsoft says it is exploring the integration of fabric and sensors and how to remove the barrier to interacting with technology in our pockets and purses. Check the video here.

PocketTouch from MSR mounted on a smartphoneMicrosoft Research PocketTouch
A new touch screen, mounted on the back of a smartphone, lets users trace letters through fabric, so they can send short text messages without holding the phone - or batting an eye. (Image Credit NYT))

Another tech called "Swivel" that leverages Kinect's motion sensing technology to recognize the human form and display it on a TV screen -- is a virtual dressing room that enables you try on clothes without the pain of really trying on clothes. From there, "you simply wave at the TV to choose an outfit, move around to see different angles like you would on screen, and snap a picture of your new look to share with your social networks," Microsoft adds.

Swivel Kinect Powered Microsoft wearable computing technology

In other Xbox Kinect news, Xbox 360 for 20th consecutive month remain as the top-selling gaming console in the U.S.. According to the August 2012 U.S. NPD report:

  • "Xbox 360 sold 193,000 units in August, more units than any other current generation console, and held 48 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S.
  • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in August (hardware, software and accessories) reached $196 million; consumers spent more on Xbox 360 products in August than they spent on the other two current-generation consoles combined.
  • Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: "Darksiders II," "NCAA Football 13," "Sleeping Dogs," "Transformers: Fall of Cybertron" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops"," Microsoft posted.

 Microsoft Research Printing Dress at New York Fashion Week