Anouk Wipprecht is a Dutch FashionTech Designer, Director, Innovator and Public Speaker. She is working in the field of wearable robotics with a focus on behavioral aspects of the interactions of body-based electronic design. Partnering up with companies such as American multinational technology company Intel, software producer Autodesk, internet giants Google and Microsoft, Austrian jewelry producer Swarovski, Montreal based entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil, and leading 3D printing innovators amongst others – she researches and develops how our future wardrobe would look as we continue to embed technology into what we wear.
The Designer combines the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. Sensors embedded in the design monitor the space around the wearer, and body-sensors check-in on stress levels as comfort or anxiety. Her Intel-Edison-based ‘Spider Dress’ is a perfect example of this aesthetic, where sensors and moveable arms on the dress help to create a more defined boundary of personal space while employing a fierce style. “This robotic dress attacks when you come to close” she mentions. Facilitating and augmenting the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings in a bespoke manner. Other than handheld devices, Wipprecht researches how we can interface in new ways with the world around us through our wardrobe.