If one of your New Years resolutions is to increase the space between you and strangers in public settings, a piece of futuristic clothing dubbed Spider Dress is about to make all your 2015 dreams come true.
A dress that responds aggressively when another person approaches too close is being showcased at this weeks CES. The Intel Edison is the force behind this remarkable wearable design.
The Spider Dress and another called Synapse which detects the wearers stress are the creations of designer and electronic wearables artist, Anouk Wipprecht.
Both of these mechatronic dresses use the Intel Edison chip to respond to biosignals that trigger actions to defend the wearer’s personal space.
In the case of the Spider mechanical arms extend and retract as a response to external stimuli and as people approach, the wearer’s own breath will help to signal the defense posture of the robotic arms.
The speed of the approach also modulates the defensive behavior. When someone approaches quickly and the arms will aggressively posture, but if they approach in a leisurely fashion the arms will be more welcoming.
This is the second of Anouk Wipprechts creations to integrate Edison although we suspect her work with it is far from done.
Connecting raw data driven in real time by wireless bio signals was never before that accessible for me, since the micro controllers that I used were either low in processing power or big and bulky. This means they are hard to integrate into fashion she said of her first Edison design, the Synapse dress -Edison allows me to integrate a super small piece of technology which can quickly compute complicated sets of signals, on-board storage and interconnect wirelessly to a lot of input data at once in a more advanced and intelligent way, to run my designs.
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