What does the future of Fashion look like? Is it Robotic Dresses that protect your personal space? Or how about a headband that reads your mind and reacts to your breath? Designer Anouk Wipprecht thinks so, she shows off her next generation 3D printed dress at Intel’s booth during CES 2015.
Intel is looking to get into the wearables space, Edison is a computer that fits on an SD card looking for just that purpose.
Spider Dress 2.0 is by designer and electronic wearables artist Anouk Wipprecht, the dress is mechatronic and uses an Intel Edison chip to process the biosignals. It’s easy to see how the creation is all about protecting your personal space, it uses learned threat detection to extend the arms. Apart from just using sensors that monitor the immediate surroundings the wearers breath will also help to signal if they need defending. To create this space mechanical arms extend and retract depending on the external stimuli.
The dresses are both fully 3D printed using the SLS technique (selective laser sintering) in a ridged PA-12.
If you’re curious about the specific role of Edison Anouk Wipprecht give a statement in an extended interview I found on Makezine, which was a behind the scenes on the making of the dresses.
“The Edison module runs embedded Linux, the design is programmed in Python. The dress interactions are defined in ’12 states of behavior’ through two Mini Maestro 12-channel USB servo controllers from Pololu and uses inverse kinematics. I am working with 20 small 939MG metal gear servos (0.14sec.60o / 0.13sec.60o – stall torque 2.5kg.cm/2.7kg.cm) all servos run back to the system. I am also working with Dynamixels (XL-320 series) of Robotis, which are super nice to work with as they are smart, strong and very accurate.”
The dresses where beautiful and mesmerizing to watch in action, they might not be the future of Fashion, but they certainly do present an new element to haute couture. Check out our video from CES 2015 below.