Tom Scott

The Spider Dress That Reacts To Personal Space Invaders

Fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht has built a Spider Dress, which reacts based on how close you’re standing and how quickly you approached. It’s based on ‘proxemics’: the study of personal space… although how much of that counts as science is an open question. Let’s talk about Edward T Hall, about what counts as science, and what happens if you get too close to someone.

Anouk’s dress is on display at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco until March 2017:
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Anouk’s web site is at
and she’s on YouTube at

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FULL DISCLOSURE: Autodesk were good enough to cover my travel to San Francisco, but they haven’t paid me and had no control over the script, the content or the final cut!

Hall, E. (1963). A System for the Notation of Proxemic Behavior. American Anthropologist, 65(5), pp.1003-1026.
Hall, E. (1966). The hidden dimension. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday.

Video edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
Camera by Andy Westhoff

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