Neoprene, mesh, RGB LED strips, Raspberry Pi, IR camera, Bluno Beetle
This project investigates the use of wearable technology to create a new form of visual, non-verbal dialogue between viewer and the wearer/garment. The concept is about opening up new possibilities for self-expression and emotive communication using a hybrid of fashion and technology.
Using face detection technology, a camera embedded in the garment recognises the presence of another person’s face and responds by displaying coloured lights, showing immediate engagement. When the viewer smiles at the camera, the garment transforms again to display light animations that emulate the physical manifestation of happiness and pleasure; in other words, the garment ‘smiles back’. This facial mimicry allows us to better understand what and how others are feeling, and can strengthen socialisation. The aim is to create a positive feedback loop between viewer and garment, reinforcing the psychological idea that smiling is contagious and therapeutic.
The 2 piece womenswear garment is designed using white neoprene and stretch mesh in a ‘futuristic’ style that is inspired by uniforms in the medical/therapy fields, such as nursing.
Lilian Hambling is a recent graduate from UNSW Art & Design.
She has a Bachelor of Design in first-class honours, majoring in textiles and graphics.
Her work focuses on the integration of textiles and technology, with particular interest in the use of innovative materials.
Lilian was the winner of the Young Australian Design Award for 2017 - awarded by the countries leading design company, Good Design Australia. She recently visited China for Beijing Design Week 2017, where she was invited to exhibit her recent fashion-tech work e-motion and speak at the Inclusive Design forum.
Ahmad Mollahassani is an electrical-communications engineer, technology researcher and designer.
He has a Master Degree in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts from The University Of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
Ahmad’s skills and interests include: microcontrollers, embedded firmware development and controllers communication with different types of user Interfaces such as smartphone apps and/or computer browsers through WiFi/Bluetooth/wire.
Ahmad is very enthusiastic about Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning