3D-printed corset turns more transparent as you share more data online

Designer Xuedi Chen, a NYU graduate, has spearheaded a design initiative to make a 3D-printed corset which gradually exposes the wearer’s body and makes them more naked as they share more data on their smartphone.



The corset, named x.pose, “is an exploration and commentary on the current internet culture of our generation and the relationship we share with our data,” said its creators. “Individuals carrying smartphones and connecting with services such as Google or Facebook have agreed, often without conscious consideration, to policies that grant these service providers explicit rights to harvest and utilize personal data on a massive scale.”

The data-driven wearable changes opacity according to the data the wearer is exposing and sharing online, linking nakedness with online exposure in a fashionable and unique way. Created using 3D printing, the black corset is connected to an Arduino board and communicates with the user’s smartphone via a Bluetooth connection.



A server and mobile app on the user’s smartphone tracks their data trail over a period of time, where the information is then used as the basis for the personalised 3D printed flexible mesh.

When worn, the app then communicates with the layer of reactive display on the corset, where each section represents a neighbourhood the wearer has been during her data tracking period, and turns see-through once the location software determines where the user is accessing the internet from and how much data the user is sharing. The reactive display panels are made of smart film, or electrochromic film, used most commonly for privacy glass.


“If she is in the NYU neighborhood, that area will be the most active, pulsing, revealing her current location, revealing the fact that her data is being collected and at the same time exposing her skin. As her data emissions are collected, the more transparent and exposed she will become,” information on the Behance project page states.

With the rising concerns that technology is slowly invading privacy in all aspects of our lives, including the backlash against Google’s Glass wearable and recent warning given out to Google by the EU’s advisory panel leading the firm to set up ‘right to be forgotten’ forms, we are seeing, an increasing number of fashion statements are being made by designers in the name of privacy.

This includes our previous report on the dress which will give you back your personal space, along with clothing that is made to block your phone signal.  Take a look at the video below if you find these kinds of artistic statements interesting and worth supporting!

Kai-Li Yang

Kai-Li is a tech enthusiast with an in-depth knowledge of mobile technology, music technology and the entertainment industry. She hails from Taiwan and helps Tech Assimilate to erm... assimilate, all the latest tech news and trends from East Asia. Kai-Li Yang on Google+

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