Color-Changing Mood Sweater Lets People Know What Its Wearer Is Feeling

By Rhonda J. Miller on December 7, 2013 6:11 PM EST

Mood Sweater Reveals Emotions
The technology of Galvanic Skin Response similar to a lie detector has been developed into wearable interactive garments that respond to emotion with changing colors of light. (Photo: Sensoree / Rhonda J. Miller)

Feelings are on display for all to see. A new mood sweater with lights, which change color according to its wearer's feelings — from aqua to convey tranquility, to green for calm, to yellow for blissful nirvana, and even red for feelings of nervousness or love.

The GER mood sweater by the design lab Sensoree is wearable technology that uses Galvanic Skin Response similar to a lie detector. That's the conductive quality of human skin in response to stimulii, according to The Guardian. Galvanic Skin Response is lower when a person is calm and at rest and higher when anxious.

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Sensoree named it the GER for Galvanic Extimacy Responder, which it describes it as "externalized intimacy" on its website.

The Galvanic Extimacy Responder sensors read excitement levels and translate the data into a palette of colors, according to Sensoree. The high collar bowl has LEDs that reflect onto the self for instant biofeedback.

"Located around the larynx, the visual interface replaces speaking, as the wearer's truths are instantly expressed with color," according to Sensoree.

The technology works by attaching sensors to the wearer's hands and then hooking the sensors up to a funnel-shaped LED collar, according to The Guardian.

Sensoree was founded by San Francisco-based designer Kristin Neidlinger, who has a background in kinetic costume design and physical therapy. She began developing the responsive garments for people with sensory processing disorder. Sensoree describes its products as therpeutic biomedia that communicate emotions to promote body awareness, insight, and fun.

The mood sweater has been shown in exhibitions including the Digital Fall 2013 Fashion Show in San Francisco in October and the Futurotextiles exhibition in Romania in November, according to The Guardian.

"If mood rings weren't enough, Sensoree designed a sweater that interprets and displays the wearer's mood as an interactive light show," according to psfk.com. "While this idea might be a too excessive for casual wear, it is still an interesting project in the realm of wearable technology."

Sensoree announced it is planning to produce 100 of the mood sweaters that will be available in March 2014.

SENSOREE GER: Mood Sweater from SENSOREE on Vimeo.

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