Zonk from the i-know-what-i'm-getting-my-wife-for-christmas dept.
bethr writes "TechnologyReview.com has an article about the inner-workings of the animatronic clothes featured at a recent Paris runway show. The dresses use computerized motors and monofilament wires to radically transform from one style to another. From the article: 'Zippers closed, cloth gathered, and hemlines rose — all without human assistance.' You can see the finished product in the second half of a video of the show."
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that works.