Sangli Li's expressive wearables include a fanned hat that covers the wearer's ears in presence of loud noises

A new trend in ‘wearable' clothing could become a new mode of communication.

A project designed by Sangli Li imagines if clothing were our only method of communicating with each other—a situation that could exist for people with disabilities that restrict communication. His idea includes several wearables that can move and gesture.

The first expressive wearable Li proposes is a hat with black and white fans above the eyes and ears. If a loud noise sounded near the hat, the fans over the ears would close. In the presence of sudden bright light, the fans would cover and protect the eyes. The fans could also move to signal specific intentions.

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