Our little Rebena thinks there is something so sexy about fashion and technology and is super excited to see them melding together. These days, a bunch of companies are coming up with “intelligent apparel” which are evolved fashion choices that use technology to go far beyond covering the body. Let Rebena whisk you away to 2015 to catch of glimpse of what a day in the life of wearable technology will look like.
Don’t like strangers approaching you? Then the Smoke Dress is a must-have. Designed by Anouk Wipprecht, the dress can suddenly visually obliterate itself through the emission of a cloud of smoke. Ambient clouds of smoke are created when the dress detects a visitor approaching, thus camouflaging itself within it’s own materiality. Perfect if you are a fashionable socialite AND a misanthrope.
Tired of waiting forever at a bar before you finally get your mojito? Tired of over-crowded bars even? Soon, your best cocktail dress will also make the cocktails. The DareDroid dress uses medical technology, customized hardware and mood analysis to provide you with your favorite poison. Designed by Anouk Wipprecht.
Rather than bringing dirt into your house, these shoes will clean it up. Looking like something out of Star Wars, the FOKI vacuum shoes are a concept from Indonesian product designer Adika Titut Triyugo. They are equipped with a pair of rotary cleaners on the sole of each shoe and a LED display on top that indicates battery life and cleaning progress. So be a trooper and go vacuum.
Technology opens up new playful ways for people to interact. SENSOREE’s Heart Sync is a heart synchronizing game to find out when our hearts beat as one. The players wear corsets that display their heart rate. When close to one other, each player’s hood senses the other’s pulse and synchronizes to it.
The Earthquake Skirt, designed by Erin Lewis, is made of building debris. It features several vibrating motors connected to a data feed of real-time seismological events. Whenever an earthquake occurs anywhere around the world, the skirt rumbles and shakes in scale with the magnitude of the earthquake.
The future is all about leading a stress-free life and having all the solutions for all problems at hand. Literally. For example, if you wear Lark Pro‘s vibrating alarm bracelet, you can slip out of bed quietly without waking your partner. It’s also designed to help insomniacs improve their sleeping patterns, by picking the optimal time in a sleep cycle to wake a user up.
The field of wearable technology is rich with exploration of human emotion — and headwear that would turn Padmé Amidala green with envy. The flirty Blinklifier is a concept by Tricia Flanagan and Katia Vega. It’s fitted with LEDs that respond to specific eye-movement and could take flirting to a new level. Researchers hope the result will give people more visual clues about how their friends are feeling.
For more bionic fashion check out this article by Arion McNicoll.