Aug.20, 2013

Social etiquette are very important for our survival in the society. You need to pay attention to a lot of details, and one of them is "maintaining a proper and decent distance" when you are in a party.

Instructables user Aleksei Sebastiani has recently made a 3D-printed bowtie that flashes LEDs when people stand too close for comfort. "(It is) A simple and elegant way to help keep your personal space bubble from being invaded by close talkers and overly huggie people." says Sebastiani.

He named it "Personal Space Defender". If someone gets within 19" of it, the Defender's red lights flash for a few seconds. If they stay there, the lights keep flashing. You can also change the distance and flashing rates to suite your needs.

The bow was printed on a Solidoodle 2 3D printer.

"I had this idea and concept for more than year. One day, when trolling through Thingiverse, I saw some dude's bowtie. BAMM! 'Now I know how I can incorporate these electronic parts into something that fits with societal convention.' I don't like wires or anything else that shout,'Hey, look, I've got electronics sewn into my jacket!'" Sebastiani told Solidoodle.

Unfortunately, Sebastiani doesn't have many occasions to wear such a bow-tie. But how do you react when you see someone wearing such a Personal Space Defender in a party? "I think people's reactions would be more curious than threatened by this. This project was much more of a proof of concept than anything else. Hopefully, it'll inspire someone to make a derivative that's better and more functional." says Sebastiani.

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djh wrote at 8/21/2013 3:57:43 PM:

Bowties are cool.

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