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Light sensors in the folds of a dress transforms it into something that becomes a mediator between the wearer and the environment.

Incorporating the intangible into the tangible is the primary idea behind Ying Gao’s Living Pod design, a dress with light sensors that activate tiny electric motors sewn into the fabric folds.

The Montreal-based designer explains that the Living Pod is able to detect an approaching light source. The is achieved using the light-sensitive electronic sensors connected to small motors that are hidden in the folds of the fabric.

When the garments are struck by a flashlight, they are transformed by the movement of the leather and the stirring of the organza.

Here’s a video that shows how it works.