Interactive Wearable Technology : Anouk Wipprecht

Anouk Wipprecht, 2007 Project Catwalk (the Dutch version of Project Runway) contestant, has come up with some pretty incredible wearable technology garments, bringing together the world of fashion and electronic arts while exploring the bond that humans have already established between technology and emotional design.

Whuuuuut?

better said in an article by Coilhouse Magazine “By specializing herself in fashion & technology she started to create little stories about a world where people are looking for both a physical as a psychological connection with their garments, and to design towards this feeling by combining different platforms that can trigger our behavior.”

most recently, she collaborated on the Black Eyed Peas outfits for the 2011 Super Bowl Half Time Show.  while the show itself was touted as the worst superbowl halftime show ever (aren’t they all?), Fergie’s shoulder pad diamond bling outfit and LED platforms certainly caught attention as well as the glow in the dark LED stage dancers.

black eyed peas superbowl 2011

black eyed peas superbowl 2011

fergie boots 2011 anouk wipprecht

fergie boots 2011 anouk wipprecht

Anouk is known for the Cocktail Making Robot Dress which combines pneumatic technology with open-source hardware and human temperament in a game of Truth or Dare to provide a just made White Russian cocktail where your presence (or i guess really your anxiety) actually triggers the dress to make you a cocktail.  interesting, but call me impatient – i kinda like my alco bev made in less time than it takes me to drink it. (watch the vid)

Cocktail Making Robot Dress Anouk Wipprecht

Cocktail Making Robot Dress Anouk Wipprecht

she also does the Pseudomorphs line of dresses that paint themselves using an electronic accessory made from repurposed medical equipment, custom designed electronics and a sculpted neck brace … EH? Kinda weird …. i guess being totally Fifth Element cool doesn’t necessarily have to mean practical or efficient. (watch the vid)

pseudomorph anouk wipprecht

pseudomorph anouk wipprecht

and we could probably do without the Heartbeat Dress that, yup – broadcasts your heartbeat via two huge speakers on your butt (as if we weren’t self conscious enough already).

heartbeat dress anouk wipprecht

heartbeat dress anouk wipprecht

but, ahhhhh, here we go … the Intimacy Black Dress which is the much cooler newer sister to the Intimacy White Dress designed by Maartje Dijkstra (another completely amazing designer).  these dresses change transparency according to distance between the garment and another individual using wireless interactive technologies and smart foils, so the closer you are the more transparent the dress is.  now THATs pretty damn cool …

intimacy black anouk wipprecht

intimacy black anouk wipprecht

you can see more of Anouk Wipprecht at her website.

xoxo -Cye (strazor)

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