Hysterical Wearable

Listening to the wearer’s conversation, this wearable device can recognize verbal microaggressions and reacts to them by drapping up the ruffled fabric and revealing a biting denture toy.

As seen in, ITP Spring Show 2017 and Maker Faire 2017.

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Photo of the front of the wearable piece. The orange ruffled shirt neck is placed on a mannequin. The fabric is deformed on the front where the biting denture toy is placed underneath it.

Photo of the back of the wearable piece. The orange ruffled shirt neck is placed on a manequin. There are wires coming down from the back of the fabric.

Hysterical Wearable (reacts with a stranger) from Renata Gaui on Vimeo.

Animated gif on loop showing a woman wearing the wearable piece. The fabric of the ruffle is pulled up and the denture is revealed. Then, the denture opens and closes. The woman is looking serious into the camera.

Microaggressions are the everyday slight insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate negative messages to target persons based solely upon their group membership. Can we flip this pejorative speech and turn it into something that empower females? Can emerging technologies work as tools to create conversations about cultural mannerisms?

Hysterical Wearable (reacts with someone you know) from Renata Gaui on Vimeo.

ITP Thesis Week 2017: Renata Gaui - The hysterical wearable from ITP_NYU on Vimeo.