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Intimate Technology

Intimate Technology S01E01: All My Clothes

What does intimate technology mean to you? Probably the word “intimate” makes you think about sex and personal relationships, while “technology” suggests modern inventions and designs. In his video All My Clothes”, Rick van de Dood reminds us of a more straightforward example of intimate technology: the clothes we wear every day.

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Interview Anouk Wipprecht
Intimate Technology

Interview: Anouk Wipprecht, FashionTech Designer of Useful Technological Couture

Forget fabric and stitches, think about a 3D printed dress adorned with embedded proximity and respiration sensors, wireless bio-signals connected to an Intel Edison platform and microcontrollers. Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht brings the garment and the wearer together thanks to an electronic couture with a futurist twist. Thirty-two-year-old currently living in New York, since the early 2000s she has been working on wearables, combining fashion design with engineering, robotics, science and interaction-user experience.

We met Anouk during the Fashion Week of Milan, where tonight she is going to give a lecture at Meet The Media Guru, the Italian platform that invites innovators from all over the world to share their ideas and projects (you can follow the event online). We talked about smart fabrics and accessories that can listen to our body, therapeutic fashion and the future of dressmaking.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

The Human Smart Home Assistant

Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Home or Cortana. Smart assistants are everywhere. They are useful, convenient, like a butler who never leaves the room. But wait, is it? Imagine a person sitting on your kitchen counter, waiting for orders. Of course, the fact that you can ask everything, hands-free, is very helpful. But that person stays there also when you don’t have any tasks for him or he and can listen to everything you talk about in your home. Would you like to have that person in your house? Would we question the concept of smart home devices if Alexa was a real person? That’s the question Los Angeles-based artist Lauren McCarthy asks with her project LAUREN.

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New iPhones Recognize Your Face
Intimate Technology

iPhones Are Happy to See Us

Passcodes are increasingly a thing of the past. Nowadays you can log in to your devices simply using your thumbprint. What if you could do the same by looking into your phone’s camera? According to Apple’s recent press conference, this is precisely how the new iPhone X will work. Will our phones soon greet us like pets happy to see their owners?

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Intimate Technology

Our Relationship with Tech Is Growing Stronger

Long ago, technologically savvy people were the ones who used technology the most. In the 1970s, you only used a computer if you had exclusive access to one. In short, technology was a rarity in everyday life. Fast-forward to the world we inhabit today. It’s getting difficult to discern what’s technology and what’s not. Nature and society are becoming one. Wearable technology consists of pieces of metal and plastic. However, these circuits and the knowledge they give blurs the line between nature and man.

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Augmented Bodies

Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Playing an instrument, picking something up, holding your oversized phone in one hand. These are all things you might be better at if you’d have an extra thumb. By designing and creating The Third Thumb Project, Royal College of Art graduate Danielle Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.

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Nomophobia
Intimate Technology

Nomophobia: the Fear of Phonelessness

You step outside your home without your phone and are seized by a sudden fear. Or you notice that your battery is low when out and about and decide to get home as quickly as possible. Do you recognize these anxieties? According to researchers from universities in Hong Kong and Seoul, they may be symptoms of something called “nomophobia”. That is, no-mobile-phobia: the fear of being separated from your smartphone.

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