It is standard practice for elite athletes, scientists and astronauts to monitor biometric data to enhance their performance, behavior and communication. Today, these same practices are now common practice for everyone from the amateur athlete to health-conscious individuals.
This new-found interest in collecting and understanding our body information leads us to question what this new level of interactivity between our bodies and the objects we wear will become. Smart textiles and embedded technologies can lead us to clothing that can do things we have yet to imagine. The BioWear project explores the boundary between what we wear and our emotional expression.
The BioWear project explores the use of wearable technology to create deeper and more authentic human-to- human communications by using body metrics to sense and display emotions. BioWear kinetic accessories collect the wearer’s physical data and use that information to manipulate the appearance, revealing the person’s inner, genuine state. BioWear also explores the relationship between the objects we wear and the messages that we communicate with our clothing and our bodies. As an extension of our physical bodies, BioWear raises questions about the future and the boundaries of communication through fashion design and technology.