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Artist designs wearables that track your alcohol consumption
But they may not meet your nightclub’s dress code.
The Apple Watch boasts plenty of eye-popping features, but when it comes to your pub crawl, all it can offer is a map. If you want a wearable that tells everyone around you how much you’ve had to drink, you’ll need one of artist Younghui Kim’s “Metamorphosis” garments.
Collaborating with Sanghwa Hong, Kyungmee Kim, and Kwanu Park, Kim developed both a ladies’ dress and a men’s jacket that change shape and color as the wearer becomes more intoxicated—and more likely “to express what they really think.” The jacket’s “collars slide out to cover up the drinker’s face when it senses too much of alcohol in [someone’s] breath,” while the female wearable has “pleated origami sleeves that expand and contract.”
This isn’t Kim’s first foray into this sort of tech—last year, she and Yejin Cho came out with “Gravity of Light,” a 3D-printed smart textile that reacts to movements of the head.
Worn together, these items would leave little doubt as to how sloshed someone really is. The only snag? You’d have to be pretty drunk to put them on in the first place.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'