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2017

Designer of the Year

e-motion

From

UNSW Art & Design

Description

‘e-motion’ investigates the use of wearable technology to create a new form of non-verbal communication for males by measuring physiological data from the body and expressing it as dynamic light displays. It is a range of e-textile menswear garments designed in a contemporary style that combines ‘street-wear’ and ‘active-wear’.

Key Design Features

01

In response to sensors measuring pulse, muscle tension and proximity, each garment displays coloured light animations that emulate the physical manifestations of different emotions in ways like a pounding heart, rush of adrenaline and the feeling of ‘butterflies’.

All electronic modules are connected to an Arduino micro-controller using plugs to enable efficient attachment and detachment for re-use, re-pair and re-furbishment in order to prolong the garments lifetime.

By enabling an opportunity for men to be more openly expressive, the stereotypical expectations of masculinity can change; instead of hiding them away, feelings can be displayed as interactive gestures.