Wearable Tech World Feature Article
February 06, 2013

Are You Excited? I Can See - Literally

The Netherlands has officially stepped up in the wearable technology space. It’s one thing to make garments interactive with technology and social media, but it’s another thing entirely to create clothing that can physically read and transmit your emotions via what you’re wearing. For someone who is really good at masking their emotions, a dress created by a Netherlands-based fashion designer, Studio Roosegaarde, will apparently reveal whether they are excited or not. If you were to slip into one of these, the dress will turn from black to a whitish-clear when you get excited.

Appropriately titled Intimacy, this new wearable development is trying to break boundaries between our bodies and technology. Mashable reported on the innovative idea, saying “the project aims to explore the relationship between technology and the body’s interactions.” The dresses are called “Intimacy White” and “Intimacy Black,” and consist of opaque smart e-foils that turn clear when the body gets excited and the heart races, the report continues.

Image via Mashable

Basically, the unique combination of wireless technology, LED lights, cooper and other materials brings the dress’ social interactions to life – kind of like a fashionable Frankenstein.

While being excited is not necessarily an embarrassing emotion, one can only imagine how this could play out regarding other more personal emotions. If more of these garments roll out in the future – and we don’t see a reason why they won’t – they could potentially reveal all of our deepest darkest secrets; when we’re nervous, scared or anxious.

Apparently, the company has other innovative ideas in mind – particularly, one the ladies will like. “We’re currently working on a suit for men which becomes transparent when they lie,” Studio Roosegaarde told Mashable.

Now that would be opening up a whole can of worms.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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