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"Naked" Dress Illustrates How Exposed You Are Online


If checking in to your morning yoga class on Facebook or Foursquare is as much a part of your routine as your daily workout, you might want to read this.

Xuedi Chen, a graduate student at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, wanted to explore the intersection of art and culture, as well as make a comment on how "naked" we are in today's digital age. So she designed a 3D-printed dress that syncs to your iPhone and becomes transparent as you enter information about yourself online.

Chen designed "x.pose" using personalized 3D flexible mesh and a layer of "reactive displays" (made of electrochromic film, or "smart film") that become opaque when you enter information into your phone to reveal how much you're unknowingly making public on the Internet. The more data collected, the more transparent the dress becomes.

x.pose is obviously a prototype (so you won't see it hit shelves anytime soon), but Chen wanted to get people thinking more critically about their online footprint. 

"By participating in this hyper-connected society while having little to no control of my digital data production, how much of myself do I unknowingly reveal?" Chen writes on her website. "To what degree does the aggregated metadata collected from me paint an accurate portrait of who I am as a person? What aspects of my individuality are reflected in this portrait? x.pose is my exploration of these questions. Since I have already ceded control of my data, I wanted to go a step further and broadcast it for anyone and everyone to see."

Click here to check out the dress in action, and then tell us: What do you think of this project? Sound off in the comments or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!


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