The SKIN probe project examines the future integration of sensitive materials in the area of emotional sensing – the shift from ‘intelligent’ to ‘sensitive’ products and technologies.

As part of SKIN, we have developed a ‘Soft Technology’ outfit to identify the future for high tech materials and Electronic Textile Development in the area’s of skin and emotional sensing.

The dress show emotive technology and how the body and the near environment can use pattern and color change to interact and predict the emotional state.

Far-future design concepts
SKIN: Dresses is a Probe, a far-future design concept. It is not intended as a production prototype nor will it be sold as a Philips product. Like past Probe design concepts that have stimulated discussion around a range of issues, this concept is testing a possible future – not prescribing one.

A marvellously intricate wearable prototype Bubbelle is a dress surrounded by a delicate ‘bubble’ illuminated by patterns that changed dependent on skin contact. 

Bubbelle was one of a series of dynamic garments developed by Philips Design as part of their on-going SKIN exploration research into the area known as emotional sensing. Nancy Tilbury was the Fashion Director of Probes, part of a pioneering interdisciplinary design team at Philips Design.







exploring light as a material for transformative fashions

What if we could make clothes out of immaterial things? With LEDs diffused through layers of fabric and knit, softness and warmth are paralleled in material and effect, imparting the sense that one can touch and hold light.
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There have been many garments made using LEDs by now, yet most all work with LEDs in clothing have focused on making “clothes with LEDs”, not “clothes with light”. This distinction is important, as it has totally different priorities. 

Dozens of bright white LEDs are embedded in each garment, using a custom developing wiring system for an invisible finish. 

All pieces use removable battery components. Custom made Lithium Poly battery packs provide up to 10 hours of continuous light. Standard AAA batteries can also be used.



Karina van Heck

Karina van Heck maakte enkele maanden na haar afstuderen als beeldend kunstenaar een vliegende start met de prijs voor ‘Young artists on the road’ van de Aachener Kunstroute 2004. Ze is gefascineerd door de medische wetenschap. Ze gebruikt medische materialen en apparatuur die ze vervolgens onder de naam Med Technics combineert tot merkwaardige placeboprothesen. Rubber, staal, bloedzakjes, prothesen, infusen en slangetjes zijn haar beeldend materiaal.



Halsbekleding die lichaamsgeluiden weergeeft –> WEARABLE BODY SPEAKER


Een bijzondere halsbekleding, die door de ingebouwde technologie de mogelijkheid biedt te luisteren naar wat er zich binnen in het lichaam afspeelt, o.a. de hartslag en de geluiden van de ingewanden.
De geluiden worden uitgezonden/overgedragen via de koptelefoon.


Wearables die geluid vastleggen van de interne geluiden van een lichaam. lichamelijke functies worden onderzocht en geremixt ze in de vorm van geluid. Er wordt gebruikgemaakt van nieuwe technologieen zoals X-ray en kleine camera’s die de organen observeren.



”In deze tijden van stress luisteren we niet genoeg naar ons lichaam. We nemen het voor lief dat ons lichaam werkt, ongeacht waar we het aan blootstellen. Door te luisteren naar de geluiden van ons lichaam, kunnen we ons ervan bewust worden hoe het met ons lichaam gaat en wat het nodig heeft,” zegt ontwerper Karina van Heck over haar intelligente kunstwerk Body Speaker.


Het project suggereert een zekere spiritualiteit. De gebruiker dient te luisteren naar de frequency van zijn eigen lichaam. Het is ook een soort meditatie.




The GER MOOD SWEATER interprets emotion and displays excitement levels instantly with an illuminated collar. It is a whimsical approach to new forms of communication inspired by the body.

How it works
SENSOREE has crafted a soft sensor design called the The GER: Galvanic Extimacy Responder, as it promotes extimacy – externalized intimacy. The sensors are located on the hands and reads excitement levels and then, translates the data into a palette of affective colors. The design of the bowl shaped, high collar is positioned with LEDs that reflects onto the self for instant biofeedback as well as act as a tele-display or external blush for the other. Located around the larynx, the visual interface replaces speaking, as the wearer’s truths are instantly expressed with color.





Ger Mood Sweater by Sensoree.






Carri Munden is an English fashion designer. Born as Carri Munden, she is also credited as Carri Munden and CassettePlaya, her fashion label. She currently works and lives in London. In 2007 director and designer carri munden was nominated for best menswear designer at the british fashion awards alongside christopher bailey and alexander mcqueen. 2008 carri was awarded best fashion designer in rolling stone’s best of rock issue.Cassette playa has collaborated + worked with brands including nike, sega, jim henson, nintendo, stussy, swatch, phenomenon jp, rockers nyc, medicom + mattel.


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Cassette playa is an international luxury women’s + menswear brand with a reputation for cult graphics and digital print. Cassette playa has chosen to show digitally for 8 of their 12 seasons at london fashion week using film, animation, sound, augmented reality and interactive digital installations to push the boundaries of fashion presentation.


“ We use really basic pieces of technology, like glitter brushes that people use to put glitter on their MySpace profiles. People can look at our stuff and think, “It’s done,” but we understand the type of people who use that type of technology and who would appreciate our clothes. We just want to put it on a higher level — making stuff with that technology on a different scale.”

The video, titled PVNK, is a sensory teeth-kicker that attempts to investigate “the tribal aspects of punk and subcultures by exploring scarification and body modification using 3D modelling.” In otherwords, we see an animated human figure evolve, grow a spike-y mohawk, and change colors.


The experience is very futuristic, it’s like living a game but then in the real world.