If you’d rather keep what’s going on in your brain right there inside your head, Dutch “fashiontech” designer Anouk Wipprecht’s latest creation isn’t for you. It’s a dress that moves and lights up according to your brainwaves. Feeling calm? The garment lights up a slow, soothing purple. Stressed out? The lights flicker, and little motor-driven components jutting out from the futuristic frock like animatronic wings flap more frantically.
The 3D-printed robotic dress, called the Pangolin dress, requires wearing a custom head-hugging brain computer interface that incorporates 1,204 tiny electroencephalography sensors resembling scales covering a pangolin’s skin.
The cap, which looks like something an android would wear in a sci-fi film, translates the brain’s electrical signals to 64 actuators that control little “scales” on the dress that move up and down and light up according to the state of the model.