Flanders-based designer start-up Jasna Rok is creating innovative fashion using smart plastics and smart textiles developed at the Center for Microsystems Technologies, an imec-associated lab. Their ‘Fashion on Brainwaves’ collection features garments that light up depending on the wearer’s mood and brain activity. Brainwaves are measured through neurological sensors in a headset, and are then transmitted to microcomputers on the surface of the fabric.
The state-of-the-art designs will prove useful in interpersonal interaction. Koen Kas, health futurologist at Ghent University, explains: “At first sight, the designs look like fun gadgets that stand out on a catwalk, but they can also create more empathy and understanding in complex relationships, for example, with autistic children.” Jasna Rokegem, founder of Jasna Rok, sees endless possibilities: “In the workplace, the technology will come in handy as well. Without having to say anything, your colleagues can see that you are very focused and that they shouldn’t bother you.” Rokegem believes that imec’s self-learning microchips will fuel the development of more innovative garments.