Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has created a dress that moves and changes color according to your brainwaves.
The 3D-printed dress is connected to the wearer’s brain using 1,204 electroencephalography (EEG) sensors embedded on a cap. The sensors resemble the scales of a pangolin; hence it’s called the pangolin dress. The dress will move and light up depending on the brainwaves it receives, translating it into motion and light patterns in real-time. “Feeling calm? The garment lights up a slow, soothing purple. Stressed out? The lights flicker, and little motor-driven components jutting out from the futuristic frock like animatronic wings flap more frantically,” reports CNet.
“As each of the BCI [brain computer interfaces] inputs is connected to each one of the actuators, this gives a very individual animation of the dress,” Wipprecht said.
Known for creating future-forward fashion, Wipprecht has built everything from dresses that poke spidery arms at unwanted advances to clothing that turns transparent when its wearer is aroused. A unifying theme of her work is that she often uses clothing to signal unconscious intent, according to Fast Company.
“The dress is printed out of nine parts. Together with a collaborator on this project and 3D specialist Igor Knezevic from Los Angeles, we have been working on the dress and little connector parts,” explains Wipprecht.
The mind-reading dress will walk the runway during the annual Ars Electronica festival for arts, technology and society in Linz, Austria, this week. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, this year’s event will take place simultaneously at 120 locations around the world. You can also watch the event online.
The Institute for Integrated Circuits at Johannes Kepler University Linz and neurotechnology company G.tec developed the BCI, and Wipprecht fashioned the dress from a durable yet lightweight nylon material.