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Electronic Couture: The Spider Dress

Robotics and 3D printing have hit a high this past 2014, and yet fashion has been waiting to cut a piece of the cake too. Anouk Wipprecht, the Dutch designer and engineer is specialising in electronic couture, giving fashion a futuristic twist. The Spider Dress was created using a 3D printer and embellished with 20 proximity sensors and wireless bio-signals that are connected to an Intel Edison platform. These sensors allow the dress to recognise the behaviour of the people surrounding the wearer within seven meters, as well as the wearer’s internal reactions to social stimuli (their heart beats or brain activity) and react respectively.

“The dress provides an extension of the wearers intuition,” Wipprecht told Motherboard “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 dress will premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 6, but until then, check out the teaser to get your heart pumping for what’s next for the fashion world:

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