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    Posted: Jun 02 2014 at 11:26am
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This 'Personal Space Dress' Could Help Solve All Your Public Transportation Woes

The Huffington Post  | By Priscilla Frank
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There are many imperfect aspects of riding public transportation, no matter which city you live in. Too much touching is undoubtably one of them. At times, the amount and inappropriateness of physical contact with strangers raises the offense from an annoyance to an issue of sexual harassment or gender-based marginalization. Such was the case for one young female artist named Kathleen McDermott.

The bold artist, who is currently finishing up her MFA in Hong Kong, created what's called a "Personal Space Dress," a technologically-enhanced garment that prevents potential squishers, squeezers and neck-breathers from getting too close. The motorized dress has proximity sensors built in, and when they detect someone invading the wearer's personal space, they trigger a plastic scaffolding around the dress' hem to expand.

The dress is the second in a series of projects called Urban Armor, which aim to help women own their space in public arenas that often attempt to deny this right. As McDermott explains in the project statement: "The series arose partly out of my concern over the persistence of ideologies asserted at women in public space through advertising, architecture and socially normative behavior. I began to look for ways women could take more ownership over their personal space in public."

McDermott was interested in employing wearable technology to achieve her means, noticing most previous efforts in this particular field were geared toward wealthy young professionals. "Taking a photo of your sky diving experience while wearing Google Glass is awesome, but it’s really a small minority of the population that will have this experience," she explained to Fast Company. "I wanted to explore how wearable technology could impact your physical world, and help the wearers, specifically women, exercise more control over their surroundings."

Eventually, McDermott hopes to craft a library of devices, complete with the instructions and code that would allow individuals from around the world to download Urban Armor for themselves. Other Urban Armor projects include ascarf with a built-in pollution sensor and a hat that detects CCTV and turns on infrared blockers.

Although McDermott's high tech formalwear doesn't solve the problems women face on a daily basis regarding sexual harassment, the creative endeavor is an innovative way to raise awareness. See images of the dress below and click here to get involved and help move McDermott's project forward.


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LOLLOLLOL don't nobody care about that dress on NYC Transit.


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This is such a stupid "creation" I swear people got wayyy too much time on their hands. LOL
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Lmaooo, now what happens when 3 ladies have that dress on or a woman decides to throw it on to go clubbingor your on an escalader? My foot and hand work just fine
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niqqas in nyc would sit on that sh*t, rest their drinks and umbrellas on it, etc.
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Interesting.
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i saw that a while back, i think its lame.
i like the spike vest better lol.

either way i dont think they'd help
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I need this for the mall. yt women love to stand all up on you at the check out.LOL
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Am I the only one who immediately started singing, 'Why you all in my ear? Talkin' a whole bunch ofsh*t that I ain't tryin to hear.  Get Back! Censored You don't know me like that.  Get back! Censored You don't know me like that!"

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