How many times have you wished you could fend off unwanted suitors without having to resort to sharp words or perhaps having to relocate to another spot? Dutch artist Anouk Wipprecht decided to revolutionize the fashion world and also come with a solution for this problem. Instead of silk 0r other known materials, the designer turned to 3D printing and came up with the Spider Dress. The dress is able to sense motion and leaps to defend its owner.
“Aptly called the Spider Dress, this piece of wearable tech features animatronic mechanical limbs that respond to external stimuli while defend the personal space of the wearer. It uses proximity sensors as well as a respiration sensor to both define and protect the personal space of the wearer. Approach the wearer too 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,” the designer wrote.
The dress uses 20 sensors to measure proximity and the wearer’s stress levels. The sensors turn the dress in something that is not quite an article of clothing. Instead, it becomes an extension of the user’s body. The first prototype of the Spider Dress was first unveiled by the artist two years ago. That model had been created with the help of hacker-roboticist Daniel Schatzmayr. The newer model, however, has a look that is sleek and more organic.
“Fashion and tech are merging at the moment, beyond blinking dresses or cute skirts. I’m showing how fashion can be thought provoking, something that pushes people to think and share their feelings,” Anouk Wipprecht added. The designer believes the Spider Dress is her most complicated invention so far due to the depths of the human-system interaction she explored.
What do you think of the Spider Dress? Would you like to wear it?