Creepy Spider Dress Protects Wearer’s Personal Space

Don’t you hate it when total strangers invade your personal space by getting a little too close for comfort? By wearing the high-tech Spider Dress you can now send them a message in the shape of a creepy artificial spider leg pressing against their body.

Netherlands-based designer Anouk Wipprecht has designed one of the scariest garments I have ever seen. Aptly-called the Spider Dress, this piece of wearable design features animatronic arachnid limbs that react to external stimuli, in this case – nearby movement. When someone gets to close the wearer, the creepy spider legs start dancing on the shoulder pads, pushing the person away. You might just give them a heart-attack, but you’ll finally be able to enjoy your personal space in however crowded a space. Created in collaboration software engineer and hacker Daniel Schatzmayr, the Spider Dress’ robotic components use sensors to detect when someone gets too close. The scary tech-fashion design was showcased last November, at the VIVE LE ROBOTS / Cafe Neue Romance in Prague, during the EU Robotics week

Photo: Anna Červinková

“Technology combined with fashion creates new ways of communication between people, a new relationship between interface and the body, and a new connection of the body with technology,” Anouk Wipprecht said. “For me it is a playful exploration, where the body is the platform of interaction and expression. The position that technology has in our society (i.e. to ‘please’ us) will get more and more intimate, and as technology crawls closer to the skin we will need to start to rethink and recreate the relation that we have towards technology.”

Photo: Anna Červinková

 

via Mashable 


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  • John Dong Posted on January 12, 2013

    I have no problem keeping people away from me. I just pull out my meat tentacle when it gets crowded. Don’t need fancy dress.