Are you addicted to social sites? Then you may want to steer clear of the ‘x.pose’ corset (via Behance)
Smart clothing is fast becoming the new trend in the fashion world. There are shoes that are able to charge mobile devices as you walk, LED dresses that changes colors as body temperatures rise and intelligent T-shirts that can remotely monitor the wearer’s vitals. Now we have a piece of clothing that becomes transparent, the more time you spend online, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on how you look at it, and look at it they will. Designed by Xuedi Chen and Pedro G.C. Oliveira, the aptly named 3D printed ‘x.pose’ corset with 20 individual hand-cut reactive displays that change opacity depending on how much data is used online.
Mesh design (via Behance)
An integrated Arduino unit that accesses the mobile device via Bluetooth connection controls those 20 displays and an accompanying app monitors the data flow. As strange as it may sound, the corset is actually a political fashion statement meant to raise awareness on domestic spying as Google, Microsoft and every cellular company known to man has funneled personal information to the NSA. The premise is that those alphabet agencies know every facet of what we do online and are rendered ‘naked’ with nothing to hide. The corset itself is meant to represent a town and each reactive display represents a neighborhood in that town.
Once the location software identifies the area the wearer is, the corresponding display will begin pulsating and gradually lose opacity the more the wearer sends data. While the x.pose is indeed unique (in more ways than one), its unknown if the corset will ever be available for purchase. Still, it would definitely make a statement at any political demonstration or protest.
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