Esto también se puede leer en español.

Leer en español

Don't show this again

HolidayBuyer's Guide
Culture

Color-changing jacket taps your brain to display your mood

A new serpentine jacket from clothing design studio The Unseen is embedded with colour-changing inks that react to your brain activity.

eighthsense1.jpg
The Unseen/Ryan Hopkinson

The latest garment in self-described alchemist Lauren Bowker's The Unseen collection is called Eighth Sense: a jacket made of a flexible ceramic material which, according to The Unseen's website, displays the wearer's "aura" in an array of colours and shades.

"An unseen force or 'aura' is outwardly emitted from every human as electromagnetic energy, these wavelengths through certain lenses can be seen as colour," the manifesto reads.

"The Unseen aim to discover and investigate this invisible energy field by using a physical garment that reads human magnetism coupled with the capture of EEG data. These biosignals are translated visually through our sculpture with the use of colour and pattern."

The jacket -- which bears a resemblance to a cobra's hood, scaled and crested -- is infused with the studio's signature colour-changing ink and uses electrical conductivity to shift hues. In the past, this ink has been used for Air, a garment that reacts to the wearer's external environment, as well as a Swarovski headpiece that reacts to brain activity.

eighthsense2.jpg
The Unseen/Ryan Hopkinson

For Eighth Sense, the wearer is also equipped with an EEG (electroencephalography) headpiece, which communicates wirelessly with an app, created for the project by creative agency Holition. This app then wirelessly sends the data to the garment, which changes colour in response, from monochrome grays and blacks, to subtle pastels, to vibrant rainbow hues -- each of which indicates a different emotion.

"Red portrays anger, nerves and anxiety, whereas green reflects teaching, sociality and people. Blue reveals calming, truthfulness and peace, while white mirrors an inner state of sensitivity, intuitiveness and psychic ability," the website reads.

The garment will be unveiled during London Fashion Week, when visitors will be able to book a time to try the jacket on and receive a live aura reading.