Nadya Peek, a first year grad student at the MIT Media Lab created a unique interactive dress to close the gap between our presents in the physical and virtual world. Yeah – it’s not the first time technology enhanced clothing is doing just this: merging our ever expanding virtual existence with our physical presents.
Having a virtual personality and social network online is as important for todays and especially tomorrows Netcitizen as having a physical presents in this world. The line between online and offline is getting blurred with todays communication tools that allow us to stay connected almost everywhere, anytime.
A very strong social aspect is the touch, the hug, the bat on the shoulder. So far this kind of interaction is largely missing between the virtual and physical presents.
We have seen over the past few years how wearable technologies can provide solutions to bridge the gap between online and offline existence.
Nadya’s project Caché aims to bring interactivity, a virtual poke into the physical presents via clothing.
The scenario: a Netcitizen’s photo on his/her social network platform indicates ‘clickable’ areas on the person’s clothing. By clicking on these areas on the Website the information will be transmitted via smartphone and bluetooth to the piezo speaker in the garment indicating via a click sound someone clicked on the image letting the wearer know he/she feels close right now.
A creative concept which would guaranty a lot of interaction and fun – I leave it to your imagination what else one could do with a clickable garment.
Beside the interactive element in this dress I like the beautiful integration of the conductive lines into the textile. Not trying to hide but clearly visible, they appear as being part of a fabric printing.
[via: Fashioning Technology]