Could fashion keep us all safer? Inspired by Edward T. Hall’s Proxemics Theory, PROXIMITY DRESS uses thermal sensors to track the intimate, personal, social and public space around the wearer - and if someone gets too close, it creates a physical barrier so that approachers can’t get closer. The dress extends itself using a robotic 3D-printed hip mechanism that is built into the dress as well as a resin 3D-printed transparent collar with built-in proximity sensors. The dress also works as a perfect application case study of 3D printing. The hip mechanisms that are holding the servos to the mechanic hip parts are 3D-printed using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) nylon PA-11 to endure more stresses. The 3D-printed transparent collar, which has a more aesthetic use, is 3D-printed using an Objet Connex 500 multimaterial polyjet 3D printer and the VeroClear material from Stratasys.
Anouk Wipprecht is a Dutch FashionTech designer, engineer and innovator living in Miami. She works in the field of wearable robotics with a focus on behavioral aspects of the interactions of body-based electronic design. She wants her garments to facilitate and augment the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings. Partnering up with Intel, AutoDesk, Google, Arduino, Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, Adidas, Cirque Du Soleil, Audi, Disney, Swarovski and others, she explores how our future might look as we include technology into what we wear.