Dress Turns Transparent Based on Model’s Heartbeat

Intimacy dress

Intimacy dress

Intimacy dress
Dutch Studio Roosegaarde developed the first ever dress made out of e-foil which can be made see-thru electronically. The designers connected the dress to a unit monitoring the model’s heartbeat – turning the dress transparent when she gets excited. The project will be available on the market soon – for those ladies daring enough to show a bit more on the red carpet.
Intimacy 2.0 is a fashion project developed by the Netherlands based Roosegaarde, Studio V2_Lab, and fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht. The goal of the project according to its developers was to explore the relationship between intimacy and technology.
The project actually dates back to 2009 and the development of the e-foil – a smart plastic that can be made opaque using electrical power. The original version of the dress used heat sensors to determine when to turn the dress transparent and so when other people (or even a hot light) would get near the dress it became transparent.
Intimacy 2.0 – the second iteration of the dress takes the idea one step forward. It uses sensors to monitor the model’s pulse reacting whenever the model’s heart rate accelerates. Although the entire concept might sound strange to those outside the fashion industry, making bold extravagant statements is a big part of the haute couture fashion industry.
 The components  used in the futuristic looking Intimacy dress include wireless technologies, electronics, LEDs, copper and other media. Intimacy 2.0 also include leather which should make the dress more comfortable to use in “real life”.
Roosegaarde developed other innovative concepts including a design of a sustainable dance floor, which generates energy from the vibrations made by dancers’ feet. In 2007 TFOT reported that  Scientists from Southampton University in the UK created a practical “vibration harvesting” microgenerator less than one cubic centimeter in size. We also reported about shoes that create electricity from your steps as well as the opposite concept developed by The British company “The Facility” for a floor that converts the energy from footsteps into electricity.
More information on the Intimacy 2.0 can be found on the Roosegaarde website as well as the Studio V2_Lab site.
A video showing the new Intimacy 2.0

A video showing the older Intimacy dress black version

 
A video showing the older Intimacy dress white version