menu

Dress Discharges One Million Volts of Electricity Without Electrocuting Wearer

Design

This wearable faraday cage dress by Anouk Wipprecht and Arcattack glows bright purple when electrified

Leah Gonzalez
  • 2 september 2014

Dutch electronic couture artist, designer and curator Anouk Wipprecht collaborated with Tesla coil music performance group ArcAttack to create an “electrifying” dress that conducts and discharges electrical current.

Wipprecht and Arcatack’s wearable “faraday cage style dress” was carefully designed and constructed so that it can discharge a million volts of electricity without electrocuting the wearer.

Wipprecht designed the dress at her artist residency in Autodesk in San Francisco. The fashiontech artist designed the dress specifically for a collaboration with ArcAttack, and the artists presented the dress at the 9th annual Maker Faire Bay Area.

The faraday cage dress is made of 94 waterjet-cut metal panels connected together with more than 600 rings. The dress has shoulder pieces fitted with 16-inch nitrogen-filled plasma balls that glow bright purple when electrified with the Tesla coils.

Anouk-Wipprecht-ArcAttack-faraday-cage-dress-2.jpg

Wipprecht and ArcAttack followed the principle of “form follows function” when creating the dress since safety was paramount in this project. They conducted several product testings and made necessary modifications before they finalized the prototype for its debut at Makerfaire.

In an interview with Makezine, Wipprecht says the faraday cage dress allowed her to “engage the Tesla coils through the electricity.” The dress “caged” the designer from head to foot against the arcs of the Tesla coils. ArcAttack modified the coils to play musical notes by modulating the spark outputs.

The faraday cage dress debuted at Makerfaire is still a prototype, but it succeeded in creating quite a stunning visualization of how science and fashion can be fused together in an interesting piece. Wipprecht hopes to see a lighter, less bulky, and more wearable version in the near future. The designer has published the details of the design and build of the faraday dress on her Instructables page.

Anouk Wipprecht // ArcAttack

Source: Designboom, Makezine

Design
Trending

Lyft Gives Free Rides To Those Who Have Had Too Much To Drink

Advertising
Syndicated Yesterday

Banned Books Week Urges People To Seek Out Controversial Works

Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel called for 'more information, more voices' to protect diversity

Augmented & Virtual Reality Yesterday

Outdoor Camp Presented In 360° VR By X Games Gold Medalist

The video features campers riding BMX trails, zip lining through the woods, and performing big-air jumps

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Travel Yesterday

Boeing Wants Passengers To Control Their In-Flight Experience Through Their Phones

The airline manufacturer is embracing automation through a new generation of mobile travel apps

Augmented / Virtual Reality Yesterday

VR Surgery Videos Offer Interactive Medical Education

Dutch startup MDLinking hopes to globalize communication between students and medical care professionals with virtual reality content

Related Expert

Jessica Lawrence

Start Up Culture, Innovation

Culture Yesterday

Use Twitter To Learn A New Language

tDict is an app that uses the social media platform to help you search for words in local dialects

Mobile Yesterday

This Startup Wants To Digitize The Loose Coins In Your Pocket

CoinOut is a new app that lets you save your extra change from cash transactions as electronic funds

Advertising Yesterday

McDonald’s Is Accepting Trash As Currency In Exchange For Burgers

An initiative in Stockholm is trying to keep streets clean while satisfying hunger

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs september 22, 2016

The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

Culture Yesterday

Google Is Using Virtual Paper Airplanes To Bring People Closer Together

The tech giant released an app that lets people throw their good wishes out into the world on the International Day of Peace

Advertising Yesterday

Get Paid For Traveling In San Francisco After Rush Hour

BART Perks rewards commuters who take early or late trains by giving them extra points to trade for money

Culture Yesterday

Artist Designs Covers For Books That Don’t Exist

Published by the fictional 'Specious Books,' the subversive works facilitate a conversation regarding the artistic integrity of graphic designers

Work Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Food Yesterday

Bringing Food Innovation To America’s Crowded Milk Market

a2 Milk's Blake Waltrip, Chief Executive of the USA region, discusses how the distributor plans on bringing the popular drink for the dairy-sensitive to the States

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Financial Services Yesterday

Device Makes Digital Currency Feel Tangible

The concept gadget wants you to experience the highs and lows of spending money

Augmented / Virtual Reality Yesterday

NBC Is Planning To Stream The Presidential Debates In Virtual Reality

Partnering with AltspaceVR, the broadcaster offers another way for Americans to engage with the election season

No search results found.