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Loser: Not Ready To Wear
Illustration: Jason Lee

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Illustration: Jason Lee

Behold Lumalive, a piece of flexible material studded with 100 inorganic light-emitting diodes and some drive ­electronics. It’s barely big enough to cover a ­dinner plate, but it can light up kind of like your computer ­monitor, displaying messages, fuzzy pictures, and assorted ­psychedelic art. It is the brainchild of the Philips Photonics Textiles research group, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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