Intimacy— A Sensual Haute-tech Wearable

Intimacy-Wearable Tech


Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde creates a sensual, practically mischievous, wearables in his latest project Intimacy. Intimacy is about technology becoming intimate extensions of our skins.

Developed by his lab, Studio Roosegaarde, V2_Lab and fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra , Intimacy consists of high-tech garments that become transparent. The distance between the garments determines their level of transparency, creating an intimate experience and a sensual play of disclosure.

Intimacy-Wearable Tech


The garments are made with wireless, interactive technologies and smart foils, which can become transparent. The smart foils are a custom material Roosegaarde worked with a manufacturer to further develop. It has the capability of fading from transparent to white and vice versa.

Intimacy-Wearable Tech


I'm not sure what the illuminated globe is in the neck of the wearer. I will report back once I find out. The illuminated globe or "pearl" contains a wireless device which communicates with the dress using RF Transmission. When the "pearl" is brought closer to the dress, the dress slowly becomes more transparent.

I'd also love to see a video of the dress in the action.

Here's a great interview with Roosegaarde regarding his thinking behind the Intimacy project.

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Comment by alex steve on January 5, 2010 at 12:50am
nice idea:)
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Comment by Simon de Bakker on December 24, 2009 at 6:41am
The beginning of the new year we will have a 'making of' post. I'll let you know by then.
Comment by Syuzi on December 23, 2009 at 11:11am
Thanks Simon! I just received an email from Daan regarding the globe...
Comment by Simon de Bakker on December 23, 2009 at 4:29am
The necklace indeed senses the distance to the ball using RF transmission. It also contains a microprocessor controlling the dimming of the foil.

A registration of the V2_ TestLab event Intimate Interfaces can be found at the V2_ website. The Intimacy dress is shown around 1:50.
Comment by ricardo O'Nascimento on December 23, 2009 at 2:04am
I guess the ball in the neck might be the distance sensor. I am wondering what is the red ball on the someone's hand. I found the dress very interesting but I am not sure if the necklace fits...




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