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Bliss Carman students showcase coding talents with wearable technology

It took them the better better part of the school year but five students from Bliss Carman Middle School in Fredericton have created something truly wonderful.

Students create dress incorporating pixel strips to simulate heart tracings for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Wearable tech dress in action

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Art teacher Lucinda Mills explains how the wearable tech dress designed by students at Bliss Carman Middle School works. 1:02

It took them the better part of the school year but five students from Fredericton's Bliss Carman Middle School have created something truly wonderful.

Their crimson gown, which swirls around the legs of a model, is a piece of wearable technology that incorporates heart. or rather, a heartbeat.

The dress was created for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's fundraising gala at Casino New Brunswick in April, and on Thursday night everyone else will get to see it as part of a special talent night at Bliss Carman.

Lucinda Mills worked with students at Bliss Carman Middle School in Fredericton to design and create a dress that incorporates wearable technology. (Ed Hunter/CBC)
Lucinda Mills, the art teacher behind the project, said the students work very hard on this project which incorporates a glowing heartbeat pattern right on the skirt.

"What they used were neo-pixel strips and they worked on soldering those neo-pixel strips together ... and connected [them] to a microcontroller that can be programmed ... to make it light up to look like a human heartbeat," she said.

The dress will be on display on Thursday night at the Bliss Carman Middle School Evening of the Arts, a showcase of Grade 8 talent.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $5 at the door. Some of the proceeds will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

With files from Ed Hunter

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