I am interested in making wearables that enable you to feel information your senses are not acutely aware of. The CO2 Corset monitors carbon dioxide levels in the environment and provides physical feedback by tightening the bodice in relation to air quality.
Traditionally the corset is a rigid garment comprised of vertical boning that is worn under clothing for aesthetic or medical purposes. The article supports the torso and slims the figure by cinching the waist imposing a shallowness of breathe on the user, making it contextually appropriate as the wearable interface to air quality.
Projects that are influential include Smoking Jacket by Fiona Carswell and Living Glass by David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang. The Smoking Jacket includes a built-in pair of lungs the smoker exhales into that darken over time reflecting the internal process of the habit. Living Glass is a silicon window surface containing gills that open when the carbon dioxide levels in the environment become high.
The CO2 Corset is a smart fashion article for everyday wear.