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Now, dress turns transparent as you share personal data


Washington: Researchers have developed a data-driven smart dress that becomes transparent in response to the digital data the wearer is producing.

The wearable sculpture called ‘x.pose’ was created by Xuedi Chen and Pedro G C Oliveira at New York University.

The clothing changes opacity to expose the wearer’s skin as a real-time reflection of the data they are producing.

The dress reacts to the information and causes the wearer to become more transparent and exposed in certain areas.

According to its creators, x.pose is an exploration and commentary on the current internet culture of our generation and the relationship we share with our data.

“Individuals carrying smartphones and connecting with services such as Google or Facebook have agreed, often without conscious consideration, to policies that grant these service providers explicit rights to harvest and utilise personal data on a massive scale,” they said.

“Based on account activity logs, Google clearly knows where their users are, have been, and possibly even where they’re going,” they added.

The sculpture also broadcasts the wearer’s digital data for all to see.

A server and mobile app were built to automatically collect Chen’s geolocation data over time to use as the basis for a personalised 3D printed flexible mesh.

Using arduino and bluetooth, the app communicates with a layer of reactive displays that reflects the trails of information that she produces.

These displays are divided up into patches that represent neighbourhoods and change in opacity depending on the wearer’s current location.

If she is in the NYU neighbourhood, that area will be the most active, pulsing, revealing her current location, showing that her data is being collected and at the same time exposing her skin.

As the data emissions are collected, the more transparent and exposed the wearer will become.