This Tech Projected Models' Stress Levels At Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Courtesy of Intel Corporation.
Wearable technology just took a Paris runway by storm.

Designer Hussein Chalayan partnered with Intel to bring wearable tech to his spring/summer 2017 fashion week show. Five models walked the runway alongside visual projections that showed their stress levels on the walls. All of it was made possible by vital information sent through the wearable tech they sported on the runway.

Intel has previously partnered with Opening Ceremony and Oakley. Chalayan is no stranger to experimenting with how his clothing can engage with technology. In the past, he's created looks that changed shape with the use microchips and animatronics, made dresses embedded with LEDs, and once created a coffee table that turned into a skirt.

The goal of the show, according to Intel, was to "illustrate the potential of future integrations of fashion and technology by bringing innovative concepts and aspirations to life."

Click through the photos ahead to see the looks and learn more about how Intel's wearable tech works.
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Photo: Courtesy of Intel Corporation.
Each model wore glasses powered by the Intel Curie module. The glasses gathered biometric data from three different sensors — EEG electrodes on both temples that read brainwave activity, a heart-rate sensor on the nose bridge, and a microphone to pick up breathing rates.
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If you look closely, you can see the sensors on the nose bridge of the glasses and on the arms, which rest against the wearer's temples.
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A Bluetooth LE (low energy) connection transmitted the data to a special 3-D printed belt (seen on the model). The belts also have Curie modules that gather data, in addition to an Intel Compute Stick to process and visualize the stress metric.
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Photo: Courtesy of Intel Corporation.
Here, you can see the tiny projector on the 3-D printed belt.
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As models walk down the runway, visualizations of their stress levels appear on the wall. It's the Intel Computer Stick, which is about the size of a stick of gum, that translates the stress levels into these visual representations. The projections are made possible by a small Pico projector housed within the belts.
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Photo: Courtesy of Intel Corporation.
Models are encouraged to try different techniques to lower their stress while on the catwalk — for example, inhaling through the nose for six seconds and exhaling for four seconds. Both the models and people watching the show can see how the projected animation changes in response to attempts at stress reduction.
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According to Forbes, five different metrics are displayed on the wall: Outer measure, stiff upper lip, beings, imminence of danger, and omnipresence.
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Photo: Courtesy of Intel Corporation.
It's highly unlikely that the products shown on the runway will be available for purchase in the near future. The accessories are still in the proof-of-concept stage.
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