The accessory developed in partnership with Coopa Roca, a craftswomen’s cooperative in Rocinha, RJ, Brazil, aims to encourage direct physical proximity between people. The wearable lights turn on as a reaction to the hug received by stimulating social interaction. After the contact, the collar remains lit depending on the length of time of the embrace. The wearable communicates the received gesture of affection and acts as a support of the affection memory of the individual who uses it.

The electronic part was developed with the use of the microcontroller LilyPad Arduino, conductive line, sensors and other characteristic accessories of the textile universe such as hooks.

By Natalia Bruno