This video may play like a movie trailer for an upcoming sci-fi thriller, but it’s actually a preview of a piece of super cool, wearable tech from Dutch based fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht. For any woman who has ever felt defenseless after having her personal space invaded (like on a NYC subway), you’re going to want one of these.
Aptly called the Spider Dress, Anouk’s 3-D printed, robotic design features animatronic, mechanical limbs that respond to external stimuli and spring into action the moment anyone gets a little too close for the wearer’s comfort.
Approach the wearer too aggressively and its mechanical legs move up and out to an attack position.
Approach under calmer circumstance and its legs just might beckon you to “come hither” with smooth, suggestive gestures.
So how does it work? Using technology and a garment as the medium of interaction, the dress, which is powered by Intel Edison, uses proximity sensors as well as a respiration sensor to both define and protect the wearer’s personal space. So it’s essentially an extension of the wearer’s intuition.
Now in its final testing-phase, Anouk’s Spider Dress will make its debut next week in Las Vegas during International CES, the renowned, global showcase of innovation. It will be featured alongside her Synapse dress for Intel, a dress that logs and communicates your mood.
Anouk Wipprecht works in the emerging field of “fashion-tech”; a rare combination of fashion design blended with engineering, science and interaction/user experience design. She calls her impressive body of tech-enhanced designs “technological couture.”
Part futuristic, part anime-meets-high fashion, in Anouk’s designs the technology creates the aesthetic as opposed to simply enhancing a function which is hidden. So very often, the nuts and bolts of her garments are visible with the valves and mechanisms displayed on the outside.
Anouk travels between Vienna, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Montreal to show her amazing work.