Today we’re coveting the most recent version of Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht‘s fabulous Spider Dress (here’s the first). We remember when it first debuted back in 2015, but when isn’t reactive robotic futuristic spider couture relevant?
Wipprecht’s arresting 3D-printed mechatronic design reacts to the respiration of its wearer and movements of nearby people using Intel’s Edison module to connect sensors on the bodice with spider-like animatronic limbs on the shoulders (coolest epaulettes ever?). The same sensors also cause eyes in the form of black shells embedded with LEDs to react by either flashing in warning or glowing in welcome.
“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.”
Come to think of it, wearable tech that literally defines and defends its wearer’s personal space is even more relevant right now. If ever there was a garment that both visually and physically promotes the #MeToo movement, this is it.