These Garments Show Your Stress Levels In Real Time

These Garments Show Your Stress Levels In Real Time

Designer Hussein Chalayan is exploring the possibilities of emotion-tracking wearables during his runway show at Paris fashion week

Conner Dial, Fashion Editor
  • 5 october 2016

Over his extensive career, the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan has appropriated a variety of non-fashion items into his collections, including interior design, urban architecture and geometric figures. At his “Room Tone” show, premiering September 30th at the Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Week in Paris, the designer used belts and glasses, powered by Intel’s Curie module, to express the models’ stress levels.

During the show, five different models wore the Curie-powered smart belts and glasses, which measured and processed their stress level, then interpreted it into a visual projection on the runway wall. The glasses gather biometric data using a variety of sensors, and, using the Curie chip’s bluetooth capabilities, are transferred to the wearer’s 3D printed belt, which projects the visual translation onto the wall.

The glasses were built with EEG electrodes on the temples to read asymmetrical brainwave activity, while the nose bridge houses an optical heart rate sensor and a microphone to detect breathing rates. Like the smart glasses, Chalayan’s belts are also supported with Curie. In addition to an Intel Compute Stick, which enables the belt to process and visualize the smart glasses’ bio-metrics, the belt houses a pico projector.

The show explored themes relating to technology and human emotion, highlighting London’s contemporary politics with a series of voiceover commentaries. Hussein Chalayan worked with Intel to show that technology could be a vehicle to better peoples’ lives.

The multinational tech company, known for its computer processors, has been exploring new, wearable outlets to showcase its technology. Intel’s Curie module, used in Chalayan’s collection, is a tiny, feature packed chip providing support to low-power wearables. The module can be incorporated into a variety of objects–and Intel’s IQ Software Kit encourages fashion, sports and lifestyle companies to develop smart, wearable designs.
Though the apparel’s clunky, heavy aesthetic may not be suited for retail outlets, Hussein Chalayan hopes that the collaboration will live on even after Fashion Week in Paris ends. It may not be too far off that clothes will provide physical form and function, as well as tools for emotional stability.

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