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04. 28. 2006

The humanist side of wearables

Whisper[s] is an acronym for "wearable, handheld, intimate, sensory, personal, expectant response system." The whisper[s] research group out of Simon Frasar University's School of Interactive Art & Technology combines wearable computing, dance, music, and fashion to explore how we exist in an environment of pervasive technology. Thecla Schiphorst, Susan Kozel, Sang Mah, and Robb Lovell led the creative team to produce work that equally balances art and technology.

The wireless technology embedded in the garments trigger responses of light and sound with other garments as well as the surrounding environment. Therefore, wearers (re)learn how to engage with each other and their surroundings through play and exploration. The use of natural fabrics is a welcome change from the tendency to overdo the futuristic feel of many wearable technology examples. This collaborative project presents a refreshing, beautiful and thought-provoking look at the age when everything is becoming a networked object, and more importantly how we relate to them as people.

Posted by Ray    Category: wearables
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The fellows who came up with this clearly weren't aware that Whisper is also the name of a brand of sanitary pad. I almost burst out laughing at their "acronym".


Is it just me, or does "Whisper" make technology a bit more invasive? Quite frankly, wearing these natural fabric garments (Kids! Don't run these through the hot wash cycle!) all gussied up with technology makes the wearer even more networked than before.

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