Interactive Clothing Marks User’s Personal Space By Shooting Lasers [Video]
New wardrobe items use technology to repel strangers.
Repel is a new clothing concept that warns wearers when someone invades their personal space. Created by media artist Zac Ong, this wearable technology started out as a DIY project, but now is in its first prototype. The warning system shoots laser beams at strangers every time they overstep the user’s boundaries. The technology is powered by infared sensors that triggers all the electronic component that users are wearing, such as DC motor, Servo motor, and LED animation. On the user’s left shoulder, Repel will emit a red laser beam that rotates 360 degree to create a user personal zone. In the event that strangers invade the zone, it will trigger the infrared sensor that are located on the user’s chest. The sensor will then trigger a series of actions. For example, the laser will rotate and the LED that signifies the heartbeat will blink and the button will spin. The closer the stranger is to the user, the faster the rotating speed will be.
Check out a demo video to see this uniquely-engineered piece of clothing in action.
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