Designer Uses 3D Printers to Make Interactive Smart Garment
Behnaz Farahi is taking fashion to a new level with her 3D printed, interactive cape. The PhD candidate created a cape that can detect when someone is looking at you.
The cape is composed of tiny plastic feather-like pieces that are connected to a metal boned frame. Hidden within this garment is a tiny camera (with a lens smaller than 3mm) that can tell if someone is looking at the garment, by using algorithms. According to Farahi, “it can capture gaze detection, age, and gender, of the people around and respond to that accordingly.” When a gaze is detected, the garment will begin to flutter and move. The movement is reminiscent of a snake or a wave rolling on the water. Farahi created the piece as part of a PhD project, titled “Caress of the Gaze,” to explore the relationship between people and the space that surrounds them.
While Farahi created the garment in 2015, it is gaining more and more attention as of late. You can see more of Farahi’s projects here.