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Pratt Institute Grad Students Design Fashion With Temperature Controls

This Dress Has a Built-In Fan

In addition to looking like a super-futuristic purple silk spaceship, this dress also has a built-in fan. So you will look cool and feel cool in this ostentatious piece of unusual fashion hardware. This dress appeared as part of a grad student showcase at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where industrial design students showed off their cool ideas, including a handful of interesting wearables.

That purple gown might not be everybody’s style, though. If you want to regulate your temperature and wear something more understated, these “REheat” clothing patches by student Dayna Mailach might strike your fancy. By placing strategically placed patches under your clothes and using a smartphone app to change their temperature settings, you can regulate your body heat on the go without having to ask anybody to change the thermostat.

Engadget reports that the primary audience for Mailach’s REheat designs are healthcare professionals, since they “tend to transition between rooms with varying temperatures and are more physically active than other kinds of workers.” I suppose they wouldn’t want to wear that purple gown with the massive built-in fans … that’s just for special occasions.

(via Engadget, image via Vine)

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