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Hussein Chalayan’s Latest Collection Display Stress Levels

Designer Hussein Chalayan again proved that there are no barriers between fashion and technology.

The U.K.-based designer recently joined forces with Intel for his Spring/Summer 2017 runway show at Paris Fashion Week. Chalayan’s collection, called “Room Tone,” highlighted “the here and now of London life”—with a futuristic spin. Using belts and glasses powered by micro-computer module Curie, Chalayan’s creations measured models’ stress levels and displayed them for all to see.

Models dressed in the Curie-powered belts and glasses during a series of five “studies,” during which the devices gathered biometric data from the wearer and measured the body’?s real-time physiological reactions to perceived or real stress.

First, special sensors on the glasses collected three types of data: brainwave activity, heart rate variability and breathing rates. This information was then transferred via Bluetooth to the model’s 3-D printed belt, which included an Intel Compute Stick (a device about the size of a pack of gum), interpreting the emotions and projecting them onto the wall. The visual cue would then appear to models, causing the imagery to shift as models responded with stress-reduction techniques.

Curie, Intel’s low-power solution that identifies sensory data, was the powerhouse behind both devices. As a module that supports wearables, Curie contains a low-power 32-bit Intel Quark microcontroller, 384 kilobytes of flash memory, an integrated digital signal processor (DSP) sensor hub, Bluetooth low energy, a 6-axis combo sensor and battery charging circuitry (PMIC). All of these features allow users to have secure personalized experiences, including fight-or-flight responses.