The 8,000 square foot Wired to Wear exhibit, says the organization, brings together cutting-edge technologies from industry pioneers and creative visionaries, showcasing how clothing is becoming infused with tools to make its wearers stronger, smarter, and healthier.
"Wearable technology has been steadily gaining momentum for years and is on the cusp of taking hold in mainstream society," says said David Mosena, president and chief executive officer, MSI. "We believe this is the absolute right time to show people the innovation underway and help our guests understand why their closet will look radically different in only a few years. We are thrilled to open Wired to Wear and are confident that the experience will redefine how people think about wearable technology and what it can become."
The exhibit features items from brands, designers, engineers, and artists across 15 countries, including the following:
- Global brands such as Dainese, Google, Intel, Microsoft, NASA, and Gravity Industries
- Renowned universities and laboratories including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, and Northwestern University
- Celebrated artists and designers that include Anouk Wipprecht, Behnaz Farahi, Melissa Coleman, Suzi Webster, Jordan Reeves, Lisa Lang, and Amy Winters, Ph.D.
The exhibit, says the organization, is purpose-designed to let guests touch, feel, and even try on technologies such as the following:
- SpiderSense Vest : Created by Chicago-based entrepreneur Victor Mateevitsi, Ph.D., and built by technological futurist firm Quantum XPR, guests will put on a vest that provides haptic feedback as they navigate through an obstacle.
- Iridescence: Created by renowned designer and technologist Behnaz Farahi, this collar's quills use hundreds of actuators and vision-activated technology to follow your gaze and react with life-like behavior. For example, when an angry face is detected, the collar expresses anxiety with fast jittery movements.
- Smart Tattoo : Placed on mannequin arms, the conductive tattoos, designed by Microsoft, turn the body into an interface. Guests will be able to swipe the tattoo to