3D-Printed Dress Exposes Your Skin as You Share Online Data

Ken Kaplan Executive Editor, iQ by Intel

x.pose is a wearable technology project that explores the balance between physical and digital exposure through a 3D-printed dress that reveals more and more pieces of the wearer’s skin as he or she consumes and produces more data.

Created by Pedro Oliveira and Xuedi Chen — the latter who once 3D-printed accessories made of live moss — the project was inspired by the idea that “in the digital realm, we are naked and vulnerable … to policies that grant service providers explicit rights to harvest and utilize personal data on a massive scale.”

In response to our lack of privacy control and open data emissions that are hyper-exploitable, Chen designed a dress that goes “a step further and broadcasts [my data] for anyone and everyone to see.”

x.pose works through a self-created mobile app and server that collected the artists’ cell phone data over a month, using Node.js and PhoneGap.

Chen then made a 3D mesh top made with Processing and Rhino, based on info gathered from her data set.

Next, the app and server incorporate real-time data through Bluetooth and Arduino that together control the clothing’s opacity levels.

The more information that is “passively generated,” the more the wearer’s skin is subject to public gawking.

In a video documenting the piece the clothing top flickers like lights in a high-rise, threatening to expose more skin at a moment’s notice.

As more geo-tagged tweets and online shopping habits are shared, people reveal more of themselves, according to the creators of x.pose.

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