Eighth Sense Emotion-Responsive Cloak

The beautiful emotion-responsive cloak by The Unseen changes colour and pattern depending on the wearer’s mood.

The following video is intended to convey something about the cloak. You be the judge. It's fashion, engineers.


(I have absolutely no idea what this video means - it's fashion)

A cleverly coded couture piece, fashioned from materials responsive to real-time digital media, which change its colour remotely, bringing the digital to the physical.

THEUNSEEN aims to discover and investigate the human state by using a physical garment that reads human magnetism, translated through the sculpture by the use of colour and pattern.

For instance red portrays anger, nerves and anxiety, whereas green reflects teaching, sociality and people. Blue reveals calming, truthfulness and peace while white mirrors an inner state of sensitivity, intuitiveness and psychic ability.

Fans of science fiction may recall the biofabrics from J.G. Ballard's 1970 short story Say Goodbye to the Wind:

The racks of gowns itched and quivered, their colors running into blurred pools. One drawback of bio-fabrics is their extreme sensitivity. Bred originally from the gene stocks of delicate wisterias and mimosas, the woven yard have brought with them something of the vine's remarkable response to atmosphere and touch. The sudden movement of someone nearby, let alone of the wearer, brings an immediate reply from the nerve-like tissues. A dress can change its color and texture in a few seconds, becoming more decollete at the approach of an eager admirer, more formal at a chance meeting with a bank manager.

This sensitivity to mood explains the real popularity of bio-fabrics. Clothes are no longer made from dead fibers of fixed color and texture that can approximate only crudely to the vagrant human figure, but from living tissues that adapt themselves to the contours and personality of the wearer. Other advantages are the continued growth of the materials, fed by the body odours and perspriration of the wearer, the sweet liqueurs distilled from her own pores, and the constant renewal of the fibers, repairing any faults or ladders and eliminating the need for washing.

Be sure to check out Ballard's related term inert-wear.

Via TheUnseenEmporium and Innovate UK blog.

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