Zoe MAHONY / Fashion Designer, Sydney, Australia
Sara ADHITYA / Urban Designer, London, United Kingdom
Beck DAVIS / Product Designer, Brisbane, Australia
Raune FRANKJAER / Interaction Designer, Trier, Germany
Tricia FLANAGAN / Artist, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Walter Collective is a transdisciplinary group that met in 2014 during Haptic InterFace in Hong Kong. Over the course of two intensive weeks The Walter Collective conceived, designed and developed BIOdress (v1) a sensor networking prototype.
v1 The BIOdress connects the wearer with the environment and surrounding context by reacting and changing in accordance with the ambient conditions. The dress responds to three particulars; (i) particulate levels (dust), (ii) air quality, and (iii) organic matter EMG readings. As fugitive dust emitted by unstable or disturbed surfaces is detected in the air, the BIOdress changes colour, as the air quality deteriorates the shoulder pleats expand and contract, breathing, in response to this condition. Faster breathing equates to poorer air quality, to the point of exhaustion (this reaction will stop). Finally, EMG readings from the plant cause the leaves of the BIOdress to move and respond to its energy, wavering back and forth synergistically with the plant.
Wear Next_ [video] AVA Gallery Hong Kong, 5 - 22 March, 2016.
Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction [Arts Track - video and live demonstration] The Body in Translation Eindhoven, The Netherlands, February, 2016.
Experimental Thinking/Design Practices_ Griffith Art Gallery [video] Brisbane, 19 September - 7 November, 2015.
Wear Next_ artisan [deconstructed] Brisbane, 31 July - 7 November, 2015.
Haptic Interface [prototype], AVA Gallery Hong Kong, December, 2014.
Adhitya, S., Davis., B., Frankjaer, R., Flanagan, T. & Mahony, Z. (2016) The BIOdress: A Body-worn Interface for Environmental Embodiment. In TEI'16 Proceedings of the TEI'16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI'16), ACM, New York, NY, USA pp.627-634.