A Scary-Lovely Dress That Can Defend You from Unwanted Attention

It's called the Spider Dress, and it clings to your body like an exoskeleton. If anyone gets too close, parts of the dress can lash out at them with what seem to be skeletal appendages. Who doesn't love what 3D printing and microcontrollers have done for fashion?


Writes dress designer Anouk Wipprecht:

Aptly called the 'Spider Dress', this piece of wearable tech features animatronic mechanical limbs that respond to external stimuli while defending the personal space of the wearer. The dress provides an extension of the wearers intuition: It uses proximity sensors as well as a respiration sensor to both define and protecting the personal space of the wearer. Approach the wearer to aggressively and the mechanical limbs move up to an attack position. Approach the system under calmer circumstance and the dress just might beckon you to come closer with smooth, suggestive gestures.

3-D printed sensor based animatronic/mechatronic dress enabled by the Intel Edison acts as the interface between the body and the external world using technology and the garment as a medium of interaction.


Wipprecht will be showcasing the dress next week at gadget fest CES, for Intel. See more of Wipprecht's work on her website.

h/t Mika McKinnon

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