Peek A Boob is a sensor and light based piece of wearable technology. With a mesmerizing stare and a cartoon like appearance this pair of eyes are watching you. Triggered by a lack of light, this second pair of eyes open (illuminate) as an alternative way of ‘seeing’ in the dark. When exploring the idea of psychedelic revival, we tried to embody the image of a ‘warped reality’ using highly distorted and surreal visuals. We explored ways in which we could alter the eyes to make them appear more cartoonlike and exaggerated. Using materials such as sequins, LED’s and fibre optics (as eyelashes) we have achieved our desired effect creating a larger than life pair of eyes that shock and captivate their audience.
Wouldn’t it be nice to switch music in your headphones without taking the mp3 player out of the pocket? No screens and no buttons. Shuffle with your head…The aBeanie is an elegant and useful piece of clothing. An interactive wool beanie with clip-on magnet wood-headphones that allows controlling music through local interaction with your head. Wear it as a headset or as a simple beanie just by pulling off the wireless light German oak headphones. Clip them together with embedded magnets to keep safe and compact.
The aBeanie is a hand-knitted 100% merino grande wool beanie with integrated control points in it. The user can play and stop the music, skip songs, control the sound, detect music in the outside environment, by tapping his head. Want to shuffle tracks? Just shake it! The concept combines natural, recyclable materials, innovative technology and retro-minimalistic design into an easy and pleasant to use product.
Wearable Senses is one of the themes in the curriculum of the Industrial Design Department at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. We combine research and education in interactive products, systems and related services for societal transformation that are worn on or near the body. How do these products fit the body and measure bodily parameters and behaviour? How can we combine: hard electronics with soft materials, craftsmanship with innovative technology and smart textiles, functionality with fashion, value propositions with gadgets, Do-It-Yourself with mass-production, and sewing with soldering? How can these systems provide meaningful feedback?
Wearable Senses has a strong network of partners in research, education and industry. We advocate a hands-on and multidisciplinary approach in topics like 1) Wearables in Fashion & Lifestyle, focuses on aesthetic quality, functionality and influencing behavior. 2) Garments for Sport & Wellbeing, focuses on behavior and embodiment to provide people with subtle feedback, for instance to motivate a healthier lifestyle. 3) Textile Products, focuses on social awareness to explore the subtlety of human-product and inter-human interactions. 4) Beyond Accessories, focuses on the social and cultural values of jewellery. Its small size, closeness to the body, and its personal and intimate character imply interesting challenges, for instance in the field of power supply.
Eindhoven’s Industrial Design in a nutshell
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) intends to be a research-driven, design-oriented university of technology at an international level with the primary objective of providing young people with an academic education within the ‘engineering science & technology’ domain. It aims to advance the development of technological innovations leading to the growth of welfare and well-being, both within its own region (technology & innovation hotspot Eindhoven) and beyond (The Mission of the TU/e).
Location Wearable Senses
Eindhoven University of Technology
Den Dolech 2, Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Wearable Senses is located at HG0.40 in the main building
Echidna is a simple interactive garment that explores a fairly new concept of fashioning technology, or wearable tech. The garment was presented as a final project piece for the IAT 320 class of SIAT, 'Body Interface'. Designed by Jane Wong (myself) and Michael Hsu.
The initial concept we explored was that of the epicurean philosophy 'ataraxia' - a state of tranquility leading to a freedom from fear. The motives for our garment was to embody the absence and pursuit of ataraxia.
Echidna becomes an extension of the physical body by acting in correspondence with the wearer’s bodily tension, anxiety, and stress levels. The leaf-like appendages engage and become inert, acting as visual metaphor of the body’s internal automatic nervous system as a defense mechanism under states of stress. It aims to visualize changeability between opposite states of mind.
Special thanks to Tommy Ma for the videography. Edited by Jane Wong.
Music: 'Transcendent Blue' by Tamaryn.