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3D-printed Spider Dress is the key to personal space

Get out of my bubble.


Lisa Granshaw


Posted on Dec 23, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 10:19 pm CDT

Do people have a tendency to get a little too close for your comfort? If you want a little help protecting your personal space, then fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht has a dress for you.

Wipprecht has designed a robotic Spider Dress with animatronic mechanical limbs that react to external stimuli. The wearable tech “provides an extension of the wearers intuition,” only letting the people you want to get close near you.

“It uses proximity sensors as well as a respiration sensor to both define and protecting the personal space of the wearer. Approach the wearer to aggressively and the mechanical limbs move up to an attack position. Approach the system under calmer circumstance and the dress just might beckon you to come closer with smooth, suggestive gestures,” Wipprecht writes.

The Intel Edison-based dress is 3D-printed and currently in the testing phase, but you can get a glimpse of how it works in the video below. The Spider Dress will be showcased at The International Consumer Electronics Show in January.

H/T The Mary Sue | Screenshot via Anouk Wipprecht/Vimeo

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*First Published: Dec 23, 2014, 7:30 am CST