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Evening dress for Cinderella

May 5, 2003
Today, Cinderella does not need a fairy godmother.

Do you remember how the poor dress of Cinderella turned into beautiful evening gown with a wave of a wand? Today, Cinderella does not need the services of a fairy godmother. She can turn into a mystique princess by herself. To do this, it is enough to put on a dress made of the fabric manufactured by the Italian company “Luminex Spa”. Instead of a wand, it is enough to press a secret button. The fabric fibers will start glowing brightly forming a spellbinding beautiful pattern.
The manufacturing technology of the new fabric theoretically looks simple enough. Any fabric from lycra to wool is interwoven with a very thin plastic optical fiber connected to a power source. The optical fiber is heated by electric current and heat is transformed into light. In other words, the optical fiber works as a light-emitting diode. Today, Luminex only produces light-emitting fibers in five colors: red, green, yellow, white, and blue. But the company's specialists are sure that in the near future the palette may become much wider.
The optical fibers are activated by a small battery that can be easily hidden in a small secret pocket.
Perhaps, a very useful device for such a dress would be a battery discharge indicator for preventing battery discharge right in the middle of the ball. Otherwise the beautiful dress will become gray again, the coach will turn into a pumpkin, and the beauty will have to escape from the ball loosing her crystal slipper.
Perhaps, a very useful device for such a dress would be a battery discharge indicator for preventing battery discharge right in the middle of the ball. Otherwise the beautiful dress will become gray again, the coach will turn into a pumpkin, and the beauty will have to escape from the ball loosing her crystal slipper.
The example is very simple change of the optical properties of an object and the effect is impressive!

Information source: the magazine “Vokrug Sveta”.
Photo from: the magazine “Vokrug Sveta”.

 

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