The Personal Space Dress Keeps People from Getting too Close to You on Public Transportation

Are people getting just a bit too close to you while you’re on the bus or train? Last year we saw a design student in Singapore try to solve that problem with a spike-covered vest. Kathleen Marie McDermott, an artist and designer in Hong Kong, took a different approach.


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The Personal Space Dress has proximity sensors that detect when someone or something has come too close to the wearer. They expand the folds of the dress, pushing out the border to a more comfortable distance.

It’s part of series of projects called Urban Armor. These are electronic devices that address the experiences of women in public spaces. They’re open source, so you can download the source code and instructions for free.

I’m confident that if I wore this dress, people would give me a wide berth.

-via Huffington Post


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