Jun 12, 2016 | By Andre

3D printing and fashion have become cozy together in recent years thanks in part to the fabrication technology’s mastery of placing down materials that can produce just about any shape or pattern you can imagine. Our coverage of the top 3D printed dresses is a perfect example of what the tech-savvy designers of the world have already thought to create.

Thankfully, there’s no reason to think the two worlds will stop collaborating if a team called Sensoree has anything to say about it. Already responsible for an abundance of tech-saturated fashion, they recently made made waves with Awelectric, a 3D printed jacket that ebbs and flows in a way meant to mimic its muse—that tingly sensation commonly known as goosebumps.

After taking in a UC Berkeley study that suggests goosebumps are good for you, the team decided to design a wearable that emphasizes the sensation. Lead designer Kristin Neidlinger writes that “in our research, people reported goosebumps from a cold breeze, intimate touch, fear, or from an emotional base. This design explores the emotional link of fear and wonder – having memories of a person or time, a song that gives a rush of emotion, watching an amazing performance, the feeling of intuition, time and place, or a mixture.”

From a production standpoint there was some experimentation to be sure. More premium polyjet rubberlike materials worked but didn't have the necessary repeatability for what Kristin was after. In the end, Awelectric was made possible after discovering commonly used PLA plastic and Power Mesh Fabric bond together in a surprisingly dependable way. From there, a combination of open-source RepRap 3D printers and the always reliable Makerbot Replicator units were used to produce hexagon fractals that, in conjunction with an expanding membrane, are created to represent an exaggerated version of the very goosebumps that are said to increase positively our moods.

As is seen in the below video, the 3D printed design moves around naturally depending on the flow and shift of the wearer’s body. This exaggerated mimic of 3D printed goosebumps in turn pinches and pulls gently at the wearer’s arm so as to influence the release of goosebumps across the body.

It’s almost a chicken or egg situation and it was all inspired by the term, “That gave me goosebumps. Did you feel it too?” It doesn’t stop there either. The team describes how “a series of biosensors – GSR excitement, breath, and heart rate variability – reads the emotional peak of wonder and fear and triggers inflatable 3D print goosebumps. Then, that sensation is sent to another via sound fabric. Embroidered speakers play the frequency to make hair stand on end.”

This is truly wearable tech in the most visceral sense. It was all possible thanks in part to a bit of funding by MU Artspace in the Netherlands. Also Kristin Neidlinger surrounded herself with technology, 3D Print, sound and design experts to help turn concept into reality. This might sound outlandish to say, but I truly envision a day in the not-too-distant future where everybody around will have at least a little bit of tech strapped to their daily attire. It all begins with efforts by those like Kristin and her influences that have preceded her.



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