WHAT IS CONTEXTUAL SMARTWEAR
Technology is rapidly becoming more available and accessible; an effective way to benefit from it is to design it in a way that eases the user’s life. This can be achieved by taking mundane yet necessary tasks away from the user’s everyday routine.
Nowadays everybody has to deal with a lot of data on a daily basis, most technologies are data aware, people are more and more convenience seeking. Even though the existence of data is invaluable, managing the quality and the quantity of it has been a challenge
CONTEXTUAL SMARTWEAR is a context aware jacket that morphs its shape and functionality to protect the wearer against climate change. It collects and manages weather data without user input in an effort to reduce the cognitive load, seamlessly integrating itself into the wearer’s daily routine.
Also with Vodafone locate technology; the location of the jacket can be tracked at all times. A panic button is available for the wearer to alert 3 predestined contacts via sms in case of emergency, revealing the location of the wearer.
HOW IT WORKS?
In this installation there are two chambers representing two different seasons: Summer and Winter.
The jacket will expand its size and warm up to shield the wearer against cold weather.
> Length Extension
> Hood Elevation
> Collar Elevation
> Dorsal Heating
The jacket will shrink its size and cool off to protect the wearer against hot weather.
> Length Reduction
> Hood Removal
> Collar Descend
> Dorsal Cooling
> Wrist Cooling
Contextual Smartwear is a start. We imagine that it will eventually be a part of a more comprehensive system. We see the future where this jacket could transform into a state that allows each wearer to have completely unique sets of parameters that could later on adapt themselves to different habits and conditions through machine learning.
Fashion Design: Arzu Kaprol
Technology Design: Burcum Türkmen & Hilal Koyuncu
Mechanical Design: Server Demirtaş