See yourself in 12 dimensions with alien collar

Strap on this "Virtual Doppelganger Simulator" and see for yourself how the world sees you. Which, if you're wearing this baby, is likely as pretty odd.

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Designer Hwang Kim demonstrates his CCTV Chandelier, which looks like it could cause some serious neck stiffness. Hwang Kim

Ever wonder how people see you? You could ask them. Or you could strap on the CCTV chandelier, a collar of cameras that hang near your face and let you view yourself from a third-person perspective on nearby closed-circuit TVs.

Of course, if you're wearing this "Virtual Doppelganger Simulator," it's pretty safe to assume any third-person reaction will involve pointing, staring, picture taking, and, in the case of small children, crouching in terror behind parents' legs.

Fortunately for your neck muscles, you probably won't be seeing this alien-looking headdress at Radio Shack or Macy's anytime soon. Hwang Kim, a student at the Royal College of Art in London, designed and engineered the odd collar as an interactive installation for galleries that brings wearer, viewers of wearer, and visitors together in one blaze of techno je ne sais quoi.

As the below photo shows, the wearable visual system connects to 12 individual TVs that allow the participant to see his bemused face from a variety of angles. We're not sure what we think of this thing yet, and we're still trying to figure it out. Make a daintier version, Hwang, and we'll talk.

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The CCTV chandelier, as presented in a gallery. Hwang Kim

CCTV chandelier from Hwang Kim on Vimeo.

(Via designboom)

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