Making technology human… from gadgets to garments

Posted on: February 7, 2011

Fabian Hemmert’s research inquiry is exploring how technology can be more human (in contrast to the prevailing orthodoxy driving humans toward being more technical). He considers our relationship to the physical world around us: its mass, shape and emotional states.

Hemmert’s TED talk centres on a mobile phone. To see its little beating heart is really something. (Almost as cool as the comedy robot from Heather Knight’s previous talk).

However there is no closer ‘technology’ to us than our clothing, so, in addition to such dynamic gadgets, how about garments that adapts to their content too (the person)?

Following Fabian Hemmert’s train of thought – this would mean outfits that alter according to the precise dimensions of the person wearing them, to the wearers’ social setting and mood, and that gently pushes them in the right direction while walking to a destination. (I could hazard a guess which of these two – gadgets or garments – the ladies might prefer… but I really do try and stop short of gender-based generalisations where possible).


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