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2005年NPR美国国家公共电台八月-Cyberfashion: Technology You Can Wear

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This is Day to Day, I’m Milany Braney, in a few minutes we’ll hear what critics are saying about this week’s movie releases, but first in the future our coat buttons will take pictures and our underwear will telephone home when we are in trouble.

That’s a sample of the runway offer inside the 4th annual Siggraph Cyberfashion Show held earlier this week in Los Angeles. If you go to our web site in npr.org, you can see pictures from the show, as you listen to this story from our tech contributor Sheni Jardin.

I’m bringing you into my swirling1 ball of chaos2.
A cyber fashion show has one thing in common with traditional runway shows: Most of these outlandish designs won't end up in your closet anytime soon. Back stage, the event’s emcee and founder3 Isa Gorden perfected her look: a layered web of latex and leather with a crown of multi-colored braids.
Cyborg transformation4 takes quite some time; we started about 3 hours ago. So I’m halfway5 cyborged, not completely cyborged yet.

Isa’s swirling ball of chaos includes designs from familiar fashion brands like Oakley and Fossil, thrown together with those of Sony, and the MIT Media Laboratory. Stylists are putting the finishing touches on models Sara Tonin, Venus Prototype, and Stardust Angel . Everyone is working on little slip.

You can see we have all kinds of crazy clothes and crazy looking models in here. We're really trying to balance both the couture aspect and the tech aspect. And then of course we have so many pieces that do both.

Running things back stage is Janet Hanson who is dressed in, well, normal clothes. She also designs lingerie that lights up.

It’s gradually becoming more mainstream6 to have lights in your clothing or to have functionality in your clothing such as the MP3 players and phones and as electronics are with us all the time, it’s becoming more common to integrate it with the clothes, and as issues like washability and durability7 are overcome. Eventually, I, maybe we'll all be wearing light-up bras.

A lot of the designs here blinked, beeped or networked. A jacket and dress displayed luminous8 codes to identify each wearer's body temperature, just in case you want the world to know how much you are sweating. And then, there was the “hug shirt”. When your significant others are on the other side of the world, text a message to their clothing and they will feel gentle pressure like a human embrace. Isa Gorden admits that much of what's on display might seem a little weird9.

Absolutely we are weird. I think you are walking into this room and you’ll see some of the wildest, craziest looking people you have ever seen gathered in one place. But that’s the nature of culture advancement10. The status quo says, “No no, let’s keep everything this way.” The avant-garde comes along, and says, “No, let's do something wild, let’s do it different.” And somewhere in the dialogue between the two, something new emerges that becomes the new status quo.

Some clothes were designed for business. Wearable Environmental Information Networks of Japan showed a journalist’s coat called “Report the World”. The pink trench11 coat’s retro silhouette12 housed 10 hidden cameras for capturing 360 degree panoramic13 images. A finger ring speaker transmits location-based audio instructions, and a head-mounted display for reading secret documents stylishly15 encrusted with Sparavski crystals like an electric tiara. Quinn Newann modeled the coat and liked it.

See you can sort of hide, you know, so you aren't looking exactly like a reporter when you try to see what’s around you. You can hide yourself by being stylish14 but also like look around and be observant.

See you're a stealthy reporter, in hot pink. Ha,ha… Maybe stealth will be liking16 you in 2010 or 2020.

There were safety-oriented kids' wear too. Nancy Morry designed a Victorian pinafore dress with radio frequency ID tags. Her 12-year-old daughter and model Sumon thought it was cool but had design ideas of her own.

I would probably want things that would help me do my homework, track me down if I get lost or captured, and watch TV on my wrist.

But some of the designs may not be ready for the real world, maybe not even the runway. Isa or cyborg emcee had to outfit17 crash a few times during the show.

I’m sorry. I have to pause for a moment. Somehow my text in my head-mounted display has gone small, and I’m having trouble reading it, and all I have to do is select all, and change the size of the font. Oh, much better. Ok, now I can really read the words that I intended to speak here tonight. Thank you all for your patience.

So will consumers be as patient when their clothes start malfunctioning18? Time will tell. Either way, one thing is certain: they are gonna look fabulous19.

For NPR news, I’m Sheny Jardin.
Let's just say if someone’s underwear is calling me. I’m running and go straight to voice mail.

More coming up on Day to Day, NPR news.
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runway: 模特表演的T台
latex: 乳胶
cyborg: cybernetic organism受控机体
status quo: (拉丁)社会现状,social situation as it is now
avant-garde:(法)先锋派,前卫
couture:(法)时装设计,时装设计师
lingerie:(法)麻织品,女用内衣
tiara: 头饰,皇冠
pinafore:围兜

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1 swirling Ngazzr     
v.旋转,打旋( swirl的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • Snowflakes were swirling in the air. 天空飘洒着雪花。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • She smiled, swirling the wine in her glass. 她微笑着,旋动着杯子里的葡萄酒。 来自辞典例句
2 chaos 7bZyz     
n.混乱,无秩序
参考例句:
  • After the failure of electricity supply the city was in chaos.停电后,城市一片混乱。
  • The typhoon left chaos behind it.台风后一片混乱。
3 Founder wigxF     
n.创始者,缔造者
参考例句:
  • He was extolled as the founder of their Florentine school.他被称颂为佛罗伦萨画派的鼻祖。
  • According to the old tradition,Romulus was the founder of Rome.按照古老的传说,罗穆卢斯是古罗马的建国者。
4 transformation SnFwO     
n.变化;改造;转变
参考例句:
  • Going to college brought about a dramatic transformation in her outlook.上大学使她的观念发生了巨大的变化。
  • He was struggling to make the transformation from single man to responsible husband.他正在努力使自己由单身汉变为可靠的丈夫。
5 halfway Xrvzdq     
adj.中途的,不彻底的,部分的;adv.半路地,在中途,在半途
参考例句:
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
6 mainstream AoCzh9     
n.(思想或行为的)主流;adj.主流的
参考例句:
  • Their views lie outside the mainstream of current medical opinion.他们的观点不属于当今医学界观点的主流。
  • Polls are still largely reflects the mainstream sentiment.民调还在很大程度上反映了社会主流情绪。
7 durability Orxx5     
n.经久性,耐用性
参考例句:
  • Nylons have the virtue of durability.尼龙丝袜有耐穿的优点。
8 luminous 98ez5     
adj.发光的,发亮的;光明的;明白易懂的;有启发的
参考例句:
  • There are luminous knobs on all the doors in my house.我家所有门上都安有夜光把手。
  • Most clocks and watches in this shop are in luminous paint.这家商店出售的大多数钟表都涂了发光漆。
9 weird bghw8     
adj.古怪的,离奇的;怪诞的,神秘而可怕的
参考例句:
  • From his weird behaviour,he seems a bit of an oddity.从他不寻常的行为看来,他好像有点怪。
  • His weird clothes really gas me.他的怪衣裳简直笑死人。
10 advancement tzgziL     
n.前进,促进,提升
参考例句:
  • His new contribution to the advancement of physiology was well appreciated.他对生理学发展的新贡献获得高度赞赏。
  • The aim of a university should be the advancement of learning.大学的目标应是促进学术。
11 trench VJHzP     
n./v.(挖)沟,(挖)战壕
参考例句:
  • The soldiers recaptured their trench.兵士夺回了战壕。
  • The troops received orders to trench the outpost.部队接到命令在前哨周围筑壕加强防卫。
12 silhouette SEvz8     
n.黑色半身侧面影,影子,轮廓;v.描绘成侧面影,照出影子来,仅仅显出轮廓
参考例句:
  • I could see its black silhouette against the evening sky.我能看到夜幕下它黑色的轮廓。
  • I could see the silhouette of the woman in the pickup.我可以见到小卡车的女人黑色半身侧面影。
13 panoramic LK3xM     
adj. 全景的
参考例句:
  • Most rooms enjoy panoramic views of the sea. 大多数房间都能看到海的全景。
  • In a panoramic survey of nature, speed is interesting because it has a ceiling. 概观自然全景,速率是有趣的,因为它有一个上限。
14 stylish 7tNwG     
adj.流行的,时髦的;漂亮的,气派的
参考例句:
  • He's a stylish dresser.他是个穿着很有格调的人。
  • What stylish women are wearing in Paris will be worn by women all over the world.巴黎女性时装往往会引导世界时装潮流。
15 stylishly 72e312749d6cde40dfb023485f81b700     
adv.时髦地,新式地
参考例句:
  • Her stylishly short auburn hair was streaked naturally with gray. 她时髦的金棕色短发里自然地夹着几丝灰发。 来自辞典例句
  • She was dressed very stylishly. 她穿着很时髦。 来自互联网
16 liking mpXzQ5     
n.爱好;嗜好;喜欢
参考例句:
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate这个词也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必须承认我不喜欢夸大其词。
17 outfit YJTxC     
n.(为特殊用途的)全套装备,全套服装
参考例句:
  • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding.珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。
  • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。
18 malfunctioning 1fad45d7d841115924d97b278aea7280     
出故障
参考例句:
  • But something was malfunctioning in the equipment due to human error. 但由于人为的错误,设备发生故障了。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
  • Choke coils are useful for prevention of malfunctioning electronic equipment. 扼流圈对于防止电器设备的故障很有帮助。 来自互联网
19 fabulous ch6zI     
adj.极好的;极为巨大的;寓言中的,传说中的
参考例句:
  • We had a fabulous time at the party.我们在晚会上玩得很痛快。
  • This is a fabulous sum of money.这是一笔巨款。
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