Leave it to the technical impresarios at CuteCircuit to create a dress that doubles as a soft-circuitry cellphone. (Maxwell Smart’s clunker of a shoe-phone this isn’t.) The curve-hugging little black M-Dress (or Mobile Phone Dress), made from slinky silk jersey, accepts a standard SIM card and conceals an antenna in its hem. It’s the addition of built-in motion sensors and gesture-recognition software, however, that are the real strokes of genius. Instead of fumbling in your purse for your cellular, simply lift your wrist to your ear to make or receive a call. To hang up, just lower your hand.
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Anyone who’s missed a call because they didn’t reach their phone in time would appreciate the M-Dress’s streamlined elegance. “Mobile phones are quite awkward to carry, especially for women, who have garments with small or no pockets,” says Francesca Rosella, who co-founded CuteCircuit with Ryan Genz. For Rosella and Genz, the solution was obvious: Create a dress that is a cellphone in its own right.
To operate the frock, all you have to do is insert your SIM card into a slot beneath the clothing label.
To operate the frock, all you have to do is insert your SIM card into a slot beneath the clothing label. This way, the M-Dress retains your regular phone number. “I think in the future, there will be a complete elimination of all the little gadgets,” Rosella tells ABC News. “You are the gadget that communicates. You don’t need anything else because it’s your body that communicates.”