Friday, September 30, 2016

The Social Interaction Dress by Clodagh O’Mahony #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi #wearables

from The Social Interaction Dress by Clodagh O’Mahony #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi #wearables
by Zay


A thesis project that is a beautiful dress that responds to touch and interacts with social media, from Clodagh O’Mahony. This is an amazing piece with may layers.

My mission is: To design a wearable connected platform that introduces what is sold as a “purer” form of social media. The quantitative data means users would have to go to extraordinary lengths to misrepresent their lives, thereby making its information more reliable than that of its competitors. Thanks to revenue from wearable sales, it can afford to offer a platform with less advertising.


I built two things, a website and a dress.

The dress runs off a Raspberry Pi, which hosts the SQL databases used by the website and runs the python program that makes everything work. As an immediate feedback some fibre optics light up when the dress is touched, a colour for different body parts (waist=purple, hip=green, hand=blue, etc.). At the same time the dress registers when and where it was touched to a database to be displayed on the user profile, as well as adding a certain number of points to the user total. The user total determines their place on the homepage leader board. The sensor used is a capacitive one, specifically this one, from Adafruit. Its used with conductive thread to pick up human contact all over the dress.

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