During Haptic InterFace I was fortunate to collaborate with a group of talented artists and designers, over the course of two intensive weeks we conceived, designed and developed a  BIOdress  sensor networking   prototype.   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.     DESIGNERS/ARTISTS:  Raune FRANKJAER (Trier, Germany), Zoe MAHONY (Sydney, Australia), Sara ADHITYA (London, United Kingdom), Beck DAVIS (Brisbane, Australia) & Tricia FLANAGAN (Kowloon, Hong Kong)

During Haptic InterFace I was fortunate to collaborate with a group of talented artists and designers, over the course of two intensive weeks we conceived, designed and developed a BIOdress sensor networking prototype.

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.

DESIGNERS/ARTISTS: Raune FRANKJAER (Trier, Germany), Zoe MAHONY (Sydney, Australia), Sara ADHITYA (London, United Kingdom), Beck DAVIS (Brisbane, Australia) & Tricia FLANAGAN (Kowloon, Hong Kong)

 BIOdress, process detail, laser cutting organza.

BIOdress, process detail, laser cutting organza.

 BIOdress, process, pleating detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

BIOdress, process, pleating detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

 BIOdress, EMG testing, interaction designer Raune Frankjaer.

BIOdress, EMG testing, interaction designer Raune Frankjaer.

 BIOdress, construction detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

BIOdress, construction detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

 Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

 Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

 BIOdress prototype as modelled for Haptic InterFace exhibition opening. Image credit: Zoe Mahony.

BIOdress prototype as modelled for Haptic InterFace exhibition opening. Image credit: Zoe Mahony.

 Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.

Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.

 Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.

Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.